Happy Thanksgiving Day

 A Time-Honored Tradition of Gratitude and Unity.

Giving Thanks through the Ages

It is for being thankful to the almighty for the beautiful, purposeful life and for what relies within, being thankful yet grateful for your parents, siblings, family members for their love, support and encouragement throughout, also the companions, friends, teachers well-wishers and everyone else who was there when you needed them in your life…

This is to celebrate their presence and acknowledge and appreciate them for who they are…

Thanksgiving, a cherished holiday in the Canada, United States, Germany, Japan and many other places, throughout the world during autumn. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and around the same part of the year in many other places. It is a time for reflection, gratitude, and unity. While it’s primarily known for its association with bountiful feasts, parades, and football and other games, the history of Thanksgiving is steeped in rich cultural traditions, religious, historical roots and significance.

Thanksgiving Traditions:

Contemporary Thanksgiving celebrations are a blend of old and new traditions. Families and friends come together to share a special meal, typically featuring a roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and an array of side dishes and desserts. The turkey, often the centerpiece of the feast, symbolizes abundance and has become an iconic part of the holiday. The Spirit of Gratitude and Sharing.

Beyond the feasting and festivities, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to express gratitude for the blessings in our lives. Many people take this opportunity to volunteer at food banks or participate in charitable activities, emphasizing the importance of giving back to the community.

My Gratitude on Thanksgiving:

Today, on Thanksgiving day (October 09, 2023) I would like to thank almighty Allah for giving me such a beautiful and purposeful life, thanks to my parents who worked hard for me to provide education and support me to achieve respect and set goals in my life.  I also want to thanks my Brothers and sisters without their encouragement my life would not be the same as I have the life nowadays. Their love, care and support always on my side. I especially would also like to thank my big brother  who is no longer in this world but he will always be me in my memories …I really miss him…

My friends, my colleagues, my neighbors my teachers, students, employees, all well wishers and everyone else…I want to thanks  a lot and pay my gratitude to all of them.

Thank you so much for making my life so radiant and full of happiness, for being that much supportive and encouraging, May god bless you always…      Thank you…

Historical Origins:

Canadian Thanksgiving has some unique origins that separate it from the American holiday, predating the United States Thanksgiving holiday in Plymouth Plantation by 43 years. Canada’s holiday was initially created to express thanks for explorers’ safe voyages into the New World. However, over time it evolved into a religious holiday to thank God for a bountiful fall harvest.

The first Canadian Thanksgiving was reportedly hosted in 1578 by the English explorer Martin Frobisher in what is now Newfoundland. At the time, Frobisher and his expedition attempted to travel through the Northwest Passage safely. The celebration marked their safe arrival to the New World.

The first few Thanksgiving holidays were intended to thank God for keeping explorers safe as they traveled to the New World. Over time, Canadian Thanksgiving evolved to express gratitude to God for a bountiful fall harvest. However, the next historic celebration didn’t occur until April 1872, when the holiday was reinstated to celebrate the Prince of Wales’s recovery from a significant illness.

For a while, the Thanksgiving holiday did not have a set date. It moved around all over the calendar, from mid-April to November, before the Canadian government finally settled on the second Monday of October. In 1957, the Canadian Parliament made the holiday official with the following proclamation: A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October.

Coincidently, today’s Canadian Thanksgiving shares the same holiday as Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day in the United States.


Thanksgiving is a cherished holiday that bridges the past and present, reminding us to be thankful for our blessings and to come together with loved ones. Its historical roots in early American and Canadian history have evolved into a modern celebration of gratitude and unity, making it a truly special occasion on the calendar. As we gather around tables laden with food, let us remember the spirit of Thanksgiving and the importance of expressing our thanks not only on this day but throughout the year.

Dr. Alia Nawaz

Dr. Alia           https://alianawaz.ca/

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