It is a government legislated holiday. On January 31, 1957 Parliament proclaimed: "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed... to be observed on the second Monday in October."
Thanksgiving is the only holiday we share that occurs on a different day across the border. Easter is determined by the lunar calendar; Christmas is fixed to the 25th of December for a number of reasons. Both of these big days are the same where-ever in the world they are observed.
So, that being said, I would like to wish my friends to the south a very happy Thanksgiving, may you be safe in your travels; enjoy the day, enjoy the company and, most importantly, take a moment to be thankful.
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