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6 popular US traditions that are actually Canadian

INSIDER Logo By insider@insider.com (Molly Thomson) of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 7: There is solid evidence that Canadians may have celebrated Thanksgiving before people in the US. The explorer Martin Frobisher held the first Thanksgiving celebration in Canada in 1578 to give thanks for their safe journey during the exploration of the Northwest Passage. The Plymouth feast that US citizens acknowledge didn't happen until 1621. Regardless of whether the holiday has Canadian or US roots, the tradition was originally adapted from fall harvest festivals that Indigenous Americans started celebrating long before any European settlers arrived. 

Thanksgiving might have started in Canada before the US.

There is solid evidence that Canadians may have celebrated Thanksgiving before people in the US. 

The explorer Martin Frobisher held the first Thanksgiving celebration in Canada in 1578 to give thanks for their safe journey during the exploration of the Northwest Passage. The Plymouth feast that US citizens acknowledge didn't happen until 1621. 

Regardless of whether the holiday has Canadian or US roots, the tradition was originally adapted from fall harvest festivals that Indigenous Americans started celebrating long before any European settlers arrived. 

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