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When is Thanksgiving held every year?

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Thanksgiving is always held on the third Thursday in November in the United States. In Canada, Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday in October.

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Canada was the first country to celebrate Thanksgiving in honor of Martin Frobisher, who arrived more than 40 years before the pilgrims. On the other hand, the United States first began the tradition of Thanksgiving in order to honor the annual harvest and bounty from the earth. The second Thanksgiving in 1623 was held to commemorate the end of the drought that almost threatened the harvest for the year.While the two countries may celebrate Thanksgiving for different reasons, they celebrate it in a similar fashion with a turkey dinner and time with family.

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