Thanksgiving: Celebrating Common Traditions in Canada

Posted by Michelle Cook
November 24, 2011
Maple Leaf in NC

With an estimated 196,000 U.S. citizens in the Calgary consular district, many people here get to celebrate Thanksgiving twice -- once in early October when Canadians mark the holiday, and once again on the fourth Thursday of November. While the date may differ on each side of the border, the traditions of this holiday are pretty much the same in both countries. Families gather for a big meal of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie and football season is in full swing. Thanks to satellite and cable TV, American fans here in Canada can get their fill of NFL football on Thanksgiving Day, but they can also take in Canada's biggest football event of the year, the Grey Cup Canadian Football League final, which will be played in Vancouver this weekend.

Here in Calgary, the local chapters of the American Legion and American Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting a Thanksgiving gathering for the first time. Together, these two organizations will serve up a hearty meal with all the trimmings for citizens of both countries at a local branch of the Canadian Legion. The Calgary chapter of the American Legion has been co-located in a Canadian Legion for years, a testament to the close allied relationship our two countries have long enjoyed. While veterans, their friends and families are sitting down to eat, over at the principal officer's residence, Consul General Laura Lochman will be serving a turkey feast to smaller group of Canadian friends, as she does every year, to celebrate common holiday traditions and give thanks for the close bond of friendship the United States and Canada share.



United States
November 25, 2011

Zharkov in the U.S.A. writes:

There is a better explanation for Canadian-Americans having two Thanksgiving holidays:

The turkey symbolizes Canadian taxpayers who allowed their government to become addicted to taxes. Also, Canadians have their freedom of speech determined by their Parliament and their wars chosen for them by our executive branch.

Canada's population is thankful to not work for this system for two whole days.

L E.
November 25, 2011

L. Evens in Canada writes:

Happy thanksgiving America!

South Korea
November 25, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

North Korea

-I think North Korea will be sending rice. Applying akbakeul, war or armed forces represented by China's opinion is he would.

South Korea, which is also the start of winter, winter, North Korea already has begun to think. Necessary to prevent the political use of North Korea, North Korea six-party talks seriously, or to negotiate outside of, rather than being used as articles of speech, thought to move a little to take seriously.


Small to conclude FTA would help, but that the crisis of Europe, such as the global crisis is likely to be a big help I think is weak. South Korea and the EU has already signed a FTA, but, rather, the European outlook of Korea's economic crisis makes it difficult to believe. Now, powerful, and to occupy the headlines of tomorrow, Economic Daily

Deems necessary to effect a quick prescription,

As yesterday, I, China's public capital and thought I'd hidden the money to exercise the power.


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