About the Author: Jennifer McCabe serves as Canadian Public Affairs Assistant at U.S. Embassy Ottawa.
Today we're celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada -- a holiday to give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Across most of Canada, the fall foliage is now at its magnificent peak; and as we look around at the beauty of this nation, we see much to be thankful for. The second Monday in October is when Thanksgiving is officially observed; however, people generally get together for their Thanksgiving meal on any one of the three days of this three-day holiday weekend. Most families in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving with a special dinner with family and friends. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually includes a roasted turkey and pumpkin pie. In this nation, where many Canadians are "New Canadians" or immigrants, we're seeing traditional turkey dinner side dishes spiced up with ginger, cumin, plantains and a mosaic of other new foods. Happy Harvest, and Happy Thanksgiving to all in Canada!