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Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, this holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November every year “It originated as a harvest festival.” The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest festival in the New World in October 1621.

Pilgrims celebrated days of thanksgiving as part of their religion.

However, these were the days of prayer, not days of feasting.  Canadians also celebrated thanksgiving day the second Monday of October, they call thanksgiving “Jour de l’Action de grâce” sometimes called Canadian Thanksgiving to distinguish it from the American holiday of the same name, is an annual Canadian holiday.

Thanksgiving is different in Canada by Canadian date has always been centered around the harvest season, which starts earlier in Canada than it does in the US. One theory is that Thanksgiving came from French Settlers who came to Canada in the early 17th century and wanted to celebrate their harvests in what was then New France.

In 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a federal holiday in 1863, during the American Civil War. He called it a national day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.