Canadian Thanksgiving

Did you know that Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving 42 years before Americans did? In 1578, arctic explorer Martin Frobisher held a ceremony of gratitude in Newfoundland for a safe journey from Europe, and the tradition was established. In 1879 the Canadian goverment declared a national holiday to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. Now, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, at harvest time. In 2017, Canadian Thanksgiving falls on 9th October.

Canadian Thanksgiving

Canadians like to celebrate Thanksgiving with family gatherings, large, festive meals and by giving thanks. As one of our Canadian visitors explained, the holiday is about being "thankful for family, thankful for health, thankful for the harvest, thankful for freedom and diversity, and thankful for a beautiful country."

Activities for Harvest

Harvest Colouring Pages

 

Cornucopia Poster 2

Cornucopia Poster 2

We love the rich autumnal colours on this poster featuring a traditional harvest cornucopia. Print out and use to brighten up any autumnal or harvest festival classroom displays.

Harvest Basket Poster 2

Harvest Basket Poster 2

Autumn fruit and vegetables are really colourful as well as tasty - have the kids tried all of the different food on this harvest basket poster? A perfect addition to a harvest festival or Thanksgiving display. 

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