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Published on Monday, October 11, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


It’s a holiday back home for Canadian expats, and while they won’t be celebrating an extra day off here in Costa Rica, the A.M. Costa Rica staff wishes a happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian readers.
Canadian Thanksgiving is a holiday of the same name as the celebration held in late November in the U.S.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met a family of newly settled Afghan refugees on Saturday, marking the start of the Thanksgiving weekend with what he said was an important reminder, according to the Prime Minister Office in its statement.

Trudeau met Obaidullah Rahimi, who began working at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul in 2008 and was hired full-time last year, at an Ottawa home where volunteers prepared gift baskets to give to resettled Afghan families. 
"Thanksgiving is about more than just giving thanks, it’s about giving back, too," Trudeau said. "And this morning in Orléans, along with Marie-France Lalonde, I joined Carmen and others who were busy doing exactly that."

Trudeau thanked everyone who helped put together these Thanksgiving hampers for the Rahimi family and other families who recently resettled from Afghanistan. "Being there for one another is the Canadian way, and you’re setting a great example for everyone," he said.

According to the government website of Canadian Heritage, from the late 19th century to the mid-1950s, Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated on the same date as American Thanksgiving, even though early Canadian voices saw the late Thanksgiving date as an American tradition. In 1957, the federal government changed the date to the second Monday in October. The term continues to be most prevalent in Canada.
Canadian Thanksgiving is an official statutory holiday, except in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. In Nova Scotia, Thanksgiving is a designated retail closing day. This means under the Retail Business Designated Day Closing Act, some retail businesses are prohibited from opening, but the day is not a paid holiday.

What plans do you have for celebrating Thanksgiving in Costa Rica?
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