copyright the Chronicle October 21, 2015
by Nathalie Gagnon-Joseph
On October 12, my American relatives and I joined my Canadian family in Montreal to celebrate Thanksgiving.
In North America, most of the holidays that we observe commemorate a specific event. I’ve always vaguely known the history of the first American Thanksgiving. There are many different stories about how the holiday started, but the best known is how Pilgrims celebrated a plentiful harvest with a feast in 1621 on the orders of Governor Bradford of the Plymouth colony.
Not for the first time, I wondered what it is that Canadians commemorate on the second Monday in October.
Some say Martin Frobisher, an Englishman who was trying to find a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean, and his expedition had… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
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