Today is the 2nd Monday of October. For most of the world, it is just another day, but for the majority of North Americans, the day is important.
If you live in the United States, you are celebrating Columbus. But right above the USA, the citizens of Canada are celebrating Thanksgiving Day!
The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when the English explorer Martin Frobisher, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. This means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts!
Thanksgiving for Canadians is about giving thanks for the harvest season rather than the arrival of pilgrims. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a lot of turkey!
Columbus Day is a holiday in honor of the explorer, Christopher Columbus, who first came to the New World on October 12, 1492. Since 1920, Columbus Day has been an annual holiday.
Actually, Columbus wasn’t the first person to visit America so some people call the holiday Native American Day or Indigenous Peoples Day since Native Americans lived in North America long before Columbus came along.
Columbus Day is a day to kick back and watch a parade or just enjoy some family timeon a well-deserved day off.
I wonder if Clay Aiken will remember the two holidays.
But, Maybe he will just play with his darling dog!
and enjoy the beauty of the fall colors!
Do you remember when Clay was featured on the Canadian TV show called E-Talk Daily? It was broadcast on October 10, 2005, however Clay taped it when the Jukebox Tour visited Toronto.