As this blog hits the e-waves, my husband and I are immersed in a long awaited vacation on the east coast of the U.S. and into Canada. As we wind down from the cruise, we will disembark in Quebec City and board a train for Ottawa to visit relatives for a few days before heading home. So I went searching for information about Canada to blog about.
Did you know that today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada? From what I’ve read, Canada’s Thanksgiving Day began in 1872 to celebrate the recovery of the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) from a serious illness. Since then, it’s been re-proclaimed a national Day of Thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. And after years of annually determining what day this holiday would fall on, it settled into the second Monday of October.
So both Canada and the U.S. have Thanksgiving Days that celebrate the harvest. It got me to thinking about harvest celebrations around the world. I found information about a few of them:
United Kingdom – while it’s not listed as a national holiday, “Harvest Festival” is celebrated in September, on a Sunday nearing the harvest moon.
Australia – “Apple and Grape Harvest Festival” is celebrated in March.
Malaysia – the Kadazan harvest festival is celebrated in May to thank the Rice God.
Africa – harvest festivals are mostly held in August and mark the end of the rainy season.
Does anyone know of other harvest celebrations?
Since this week also marked the full moon for the month of October (on the 12th), It feels like a great time to celebrate the harvest. I’m hoping that my husband and I haven’t, um, enjoyed the harvest TOO much on board ship. I’m quite sure I’ll be back to hitting the gym regularly when this trip is over.
But for now, I’m thankful for this opportunity to travel (and that we are healthy enough to make the trip), for the wonderful sights of Fall we have seen, and for my friends here at Over The Backyard Fence who let me come and chat about anything and everything. I hope you’re all having a GREAT week.
posted by Laurie Ryan