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In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October. Martin Forbisher an English explorer celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in Newfoundland in 1578, to thank God for surviving a long sea voyage. Thanksgiving Tradition.
Thanksgiving tradition has continued till today where Americans thank god for abundance. Over the years it has become a celebration of family, friends, culture and all that is good in America. Modern Thanksgiving customs involve a family dinner where gifts are exchanged to honor and appreciate each other.
A tradition associated with Thanksgiving holiday is "pardoning the turkey" every year by the President of USA.
In America, it is customary to give a toast before Thanksgiving dinner, in order to express gratitude for good fortune in the past year.
People send gifts, flowers and cards to their loved ones and the reason behind this exchange of gifts and flowers is to appreciate them.
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York is a public celebration. It has floats of various themes and some of them include popular TV stars. The last float is the one with Santa Claus which indicates the beginning of the Christmas Season.