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It is Canadian Thanksgiving day

Find out what other International Day is also celebrated today.

By Novel AllenPublished 7 months ago 3 min read
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It is Canadian Thanksgiving day
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As Canadians the world over prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we pause a moment to celebrate with them.

"Thanksgiving (French: Action de grâce) or Thanksgiving Day (French: Jour de l'Action de grâce), is an annual Canadian holiday and harvest festival, held on the second Monday in October, which celebrates the harvest and other blessings of the past year. Outside of the country, it may be referred to as Canadian Thanksgiving to distinguish it from the American holiday of the same name and related celebrations in other regions.

Thanksgiving has been officially celebrated as an annual holiday in Canada since November 6, 1879. While the date varied by year and was not fixed, it was commonly the second Monday in October.

On January 31, 1957, the Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey issued a proclamation stating: "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" (Wiki).

Imagine my surprise when I discovered what other "Thanksgiving days" are also celebrated today.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

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Appreciating and paying respect to the unique heritage and culture of those whose origins are native to the Americas. Indigenous Peoples' Day offers the opportunity to honor, celebrate and learn awareness. US President Joe Biden, became the first President to formally acknowledge the day in 2021. The day however goes back to 1977, when the United Nations in Geneva sponsored the Internation Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations in the United States.

A part of this idea was to begin recognizing indigenous day with the purpose of replacing the adoration and glorification of Christopher Columbus with the acknowledgement of the native peoples of the land. Columbus' history had been written from the perspective of the white man and shone no light on the lives and land taken away from these native inhabitants.

International Beer and Pizza Day

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Pairing a frothy brew with a slice of life creates a dynamic duo of refreshment and satisfaction that is hard to resist. A perfect combination of beer and pizza.

Curious Events Day

Mysteries, fame, discoveries, exploration, inquisitiveness and curiosity. All combine to bring us Curious Events Day.

National Moldy Cheese Day

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Cheese is one food that does not takes exception to mold. Some cheeses can be left out as long as possible and gains a unique texture and flavor.

Fire Prevention Day

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This Day occurs every October and exists to raise awareness of practices that can help to prevent these disasters to recognize the work of the firefighters who work diligently and courageously every day to alleviate the spreading of fires. It is an excellent day to discuss fire safety with kids, friends and family with fun activities which are educational and comes with many shared resources.

World Post Day

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Postal services have helped change how the world communicates in many amazing ways. Before the days of the Internet, we relied heavily on the post. We still do, but in a less drastic way. Thanks to them we can still receive our packages and mailable letters rain, snow or shine. So give your mailperson a thank-you card, a gift or just keep using your trusted post the old-fashioned way.

Columbus Day

A very questionable achievement.

Scrubs Day

Take a pause to give a shout out to nurses, doctors, health workers and anyone who wear scrubs to work every day. Referred to as comfy pajamas which you can wear anywhere and get away with it, these loose-fitting, many-purposed scrubs have earned themselves a day which is all their own. Except for this list among other owners of the day.

October 9th. A most celebrated day!

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  • Donna Fox (HKB)6 months ago

    I loved this!! I was going to do a post about how it was Canadian Thanksgiving but saw you had it covered! Great work! I love that you found other days it shares and brought them into the post!! Can we talk about the irony that fire prevention day and thanksgiving in Canada are on the same day??? 😅

  • Babs Iverson6 months ago

    Novel, love this!!! Celebrating all that you have mentioned!!!

  • Catherine Nyomenda7 months ago

    Today 10th of October Kenya is celebrating Huduma day. It is a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools, and most businesses are closed. 🤗

  • L.C. Schäfer7 months ago

    I love that Colombus Day was barely worth one scathing line 🤣

  • A very questionable achievement 🤣🤣🤣 I wonder if there's National Sleeping Day because that would be my day, lol!

  • Let us give thanks, among so many other things, for our Canadian neighbors, the indigenous, beer & pizza, & everything else you've lifted up in this wonderful article, Novel.

  • Sid Aaron Hirji7 months ago

    Wow I didn't know how many different days there were. But ya today is our Thanksgiving

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