In Canada, thanksgiving is traditionally associated with celebrating a bountiful harvest. While aboriginal groups in Canada were celebrating this way for a long time before European settlers showed up, the first Canadian Thanksgiving is said to have been held in Newfoundland to celebrate safe passage home.
It’s not coincidence that the same safe passage meaning is relevant to many newcomers in Canada. Thanksgiving has a huge meaning to many new Canadians and recent immigrants to Canada, many of whom have home countries that do not have anywhere near the same freedoms and opportunities that Canada offers. Many are truly thankful just to have the opportunity to be here, and many begin celebrating Thanksgiving along with other aspects of Canadian culture.
Happy Thanksgiving from Niren and Associates!
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