Vancouver, BC - Thanksgiving is celebrated every year in Canada on the second Monday in October, to celebrate the blessings of the past year and to look back on what we are thankful for. It is a time when many gather with friends and family to say goodbye to summer and enjoy the beginning of the fall season. Thanksgiving in Canada is held in October as it's origins are often associated with the celebration of a successful harvest and saying thanks to a bountiful season. Proclaimed by Parliament in 1879 as "a day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed."
The first marked observance of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to Martin Frobisher's 1578 voyage from England in search of the Northwest Passage. Frobisher and his crew, held a feast to give thanks for safely arriving on Canadian soil for the first time. After that very first Thanksgiving celebration the idea of giving thanks by hosting huge feasts continued throughout the years. Being celebrated in either late October or early November. Although Canadian's had already been celebrating for centuries, it was not until January 31st, 1957 that the Canadian Parliament officially set Thanksgiving as the second Monday in October, in recognition of Canada's abundant harvests.
Although the focus of Thanksgiving in Canada may no longer be celebrating Canada's bountiful harvest, the reason for Thanksgiving remains the same. It is the time for all Canadians to spend with friends and family to give thanks for all the many blessings the past year has brought. In honour of this, Protec Dental Laboratories will be closed Monday, October 9th. We will be back on Tuesday, October 10th, ready and excited to work after the holiday. From all of us here at Protec, we wish you a safe and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!