Thanksgiving Day can be confusing for new Canadians and visitors to Canada. Most countries have no holiday quite like it. You may just feel like skipping the whole thing. But it’s an important holiday in Canada, and if you take part in the celebrations, you’ll feel much more at home here.
Your first Canadian Thanksgiving will be happier if you know a few things:
- It’s the second Monday in October. So it’s on a different date every year. For the first few years I lived in Canada, I didn’t realize Thanksgiving was coming up until I saw ads for turkeys. Check your calendar and be ready.
- It’s a stat (legal) holiday. Schools and most businesses will be closed. Some stores, especially drugstores and supermarkets, stay open. But the supermarkets will probably not have any more turkeys. (See #5.)
- It’s not just for church members. Though Thanksgiving was started to give