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From Canada, David Heap reports: "Canada also celebrates Thanksgiving (called Action de Grâce in our other official language), but earlier than in the US (because harvests are earlier, one assumes): the second Monday in October (=Columbus Day, in US?). I have heard of Hispanic Canadians refer to Acción de Gracias / el día de las gracias, but when questioned they invariably say it is a custom they picked up here".
RH: Why would harvests be earlier in Canada? I remember that in England we celebrated Harvest Sunday, with the altar of the church covered with fruits and vegetables. Columbus Day is October 12, but it is celebrated now the following Monday in the US. The Dia de la Raza or Dìa de la Hispanidad. is celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries on October 12.
Ronald Hilton - 11/27/02