To the Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving! I trust you are having a wonderful weekend. To the rest of you who are confused and think I have got the date wrong, I haven’t. I’ll explain.
In UK, Harvest Festival occurs on the Sunday closest to the harvest moon, which is the full moon occurring closest to the autumn equinox. For the USA, Thanksgiving occurs on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, Thanksgiving happens the second Monday of October. All festivals have an aspect of being thankful for the harvest and all have evolved over time.
No two celebrations are the same and there is no right way to celebrate. Most do involve sharing food, often special food, with family or friends who are like family.
So, as I’m a Canuck, Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! One of things I love about Thanksgiving is that it is a moment of pause and reflection. Even though most of us are disconnected from food production, it can be good think about the harvest. But we can also reflect on those people throughout the year who helped us become the person we are today. Experiences we had in the past year. But also, it is a good time to remember the things we take for granted – our health, the air we believe, a roof over our heads, our children, our spouses, our parents, our friends, and the planet we live on.
Today is a good day. We are alive. Take a moment to soak that in with me. Share with someone today at least one thing you are thankful for. And sit back and smile.