Thanksgiving Day is recognized as a holiday in various countries throughout the world and is celebrated on different dates. It began as a day of giving thanks for the blessings of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is also known as Harvest Festival Holiday in other countries.
The first official Thanksgiving in Canada was dated back on April 15th, 1857. In 1957, Canadian Parliament proclaimed Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the second Monday of October.
In Canada a traditional Thanksgiving meal includes turkey, stuffing, cranberries, potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and pie. Many countries celebrate with Turkey and gravy, but with varying side dishes. In Australia you might find cornbread and a sweet potato casserole.If you find yourself in Brazil on their Thanksgiving Day, you wouldn’t find the traditional cranberry sauce on the table as cranberries are not available. Instead, you would find jaboticaba sauce, made from the local jaboticaba fruit which are very similar to cranberries.
No matter where or what you eat this Thanksgiving, may you have a wonderful and grateful day.
Whitevalley Resource Center would like to thank our sponsors, The United Way, and Interior Health.