Published Monday, October 12, 2020

Celebrating Canadian
Thanksgiving abroad

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It’s holiday back home for Canadian expats, and while they won’t be celebrating an extra day off here in Costa Rica, the A.M. Costa Rica staff wishing a happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers.

For those who don't know, Canadian Thanksgiving is a holiday of the same name as the celebration held in late November in the U.S.

According to the government website of Canadian Heritage,  from the late 19th century to the mid-1950s, Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated on the same date as American Thanksgiving, even though early Canadian voices saw the late Thanksgiving date as an American tradition. In 1957, the federal government changed the date to the second Monday in October. The term continues to be most prevalent in Canada.

Canadian Thanksgiving is an official statutory holiday, except in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. In Nova Scotia, Thanksgiving is a designated retail closing day. This means under the Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act, some retail businesses are prohibited from opening, but the day is not a paid holiday.

“Today, across the country, Canadians will mark Thanksgiving," said Justin Trudeau, prime minister, in his Thanksgiving statement. “It is a time to celebrate the harvest season, provide thanks for our many blessings, and give back to our communities.”

“Despite the many recent hardships we've been through in the past year, as we deal with the impacts of the global Covid-19 pandemic, there are still many reasons for all of us to be grateful – especially for our family, friends, and loved ones," added Trudeau. "There are also countless others in our communities, and across the country who we should be showing thanks for this year.”

According to Trudeau, this year celebrations may look a bit different from previous years. The increase of Covid-19 cases across the country means Canadians need to continue to keep their social circles small, wash hands, stay two meters apart and wear a mask. "And another way you can help protect yourself and others in your community from the virus is by downloading and using the
Covid-19 Alert app. By doing all of these things, we can keep each other safe and healthy,” he added.

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