Turn to the north and wish Canadians a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’

Shopping for pumpkins at an open market in Ottawa. (Photo by Lars Plougmann, released via Wikimedia Commons.)

Shopping for pumpkins at an open market in Ottawa. (Photo by Lars Plougmann, released via Wikimedia Commons.)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 13:  Since 1957, the second Monday in October has been recognized by all Canadian faiths as Thanksgiving Day; the idea of a harvest celebration, however, is centuries old. First Nations of Canada—along with the Native Americans of the Americas—have held festivals of dancing, rituals and harvest activities for centuries.

If you’re planning a harvest-themed dinner with family and friends, you’ll want to check out our own FeedTheSpirit column. This week, Isaac DeLamatre the head of kitchens at Antioch College writes about beets and shares a delicious recipe. Or click here to read a whole series of FeedTheSpirit columns.

In Canada, there are many perspectives on Thanksgiving. CBC News recently published an intriguing interview with a family of blended cultures that now calls its harvest holiday: “You’re Welcome Weekend.”

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