Friday, October 9, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from CIES

Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday of October each year and is an official statutory holiday, except for PEI, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia where they do not recognize Thanksgiving as such. The original idea is to give thanks for the past harvest season, but for many Canadian families the tradition has changed over time and the focus is now on spending time with family and loved ones, around big turkey dinner. Apple cider, turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie are all traditional items on the dinner table. The first Thanksgiving holiday was held in Canada in 1872 and was actually to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales from a serious illness. After 1879 celebrations were held every year.

In the end, it's simply a holiday to remind all of us to be thankful for what we have. From all from us at CIES, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you!

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