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Proclamation and Observance of General Thanksgiving Days and reasons therefore.

Lower Canada

Date of Observance Reasons
Thursday, 10 Jan. 1799 In signal victory over our enemy and for the manifold and
inestimable blessings which our Kingdoms and Provinces have received and daily continue to receive
Thursday, 12 Aug. 1802 For God's mercies
Thursday, 21 Apr. 1814 For glorious victories over our enemies
Tuesday, 13 Sept. 1814 End of sanguinary contest in Europe and to give the Dominions blessings of Peace
Thursday, 6 Apr. 1815 End of the war with the United States of America and
restoration of the blessings of Peace
Tuesday, 21 May 1816 End of war between Great Britain and France
Wednesday, 6 Feb. 1833 Cessation of cholera
Wednesday, 1 Nov. 1834 End of quarantine of ships at Grosse Isle
Monday, 26 Feb. 1838 For the termination of the Rebellion

Upper Canada

Date of Observance Reasons
Tuesday, 18 June 1816 End of war between Great Britain and France
Thursday, 14 Feb. 1833 To continue God's mercies
Thursday, 30 Oct. 1834 To continue God's mercies
Tuesday, 6 Feb. 1838 To continue God's mercies

Province Of Canada

Date of Observance Reasons
Thursday, 3 Jan. 1850 For God's mercies and cessation of grievous disease
Wednesday, 4 June 1856 For restoration of Peace with Russia
Thursday, 3 Nov. 1859 For abundant harvest and continuation of Peace
Thursday, 6 Dec. 1860 For God's mercies
Wednesday, 11 Nov. 1863 For abundant harvest and continuation of Peace
Wednesday, 18 Oct. 1865 For God's mercies

Confederation

Date of Observance Reasons
Monday, 15 April 1872 For restoration to health of H.R.H. the Prince of Wales
Thursday, 6 Nov. 1879 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Wednesday, 3 Nov. 1880 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 20 Oct. 1881 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 9 Nov. 1882 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 8 Nov. 1883 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 6 Nov. 1884 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 12 Nov. 1885 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 18 Nov. 1886 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Tuesday, 21 June 1887 50th Anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to Throne
Thursday, 17 Nov. 1887 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 15 Nov. 1888 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 7 Nov. 1889 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 6 Nov. 1890 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 12 Nov. 1891 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 10 Nov. 1892 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 23 Nov. 1893 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 22 Nov. 1894 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 21 Nov. 1895 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 26 Nov. 1896 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Tuesday, 22 June 1896 Diamond Jubilee of H.M. Queen Victoria
Thursday, 25 Nov. 1897 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 24 Nov. 1898 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 19 Oct. 1899 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 18 Oct. 1900 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 28 Nov. 1901 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 26 June 1902 King Edward VII's Coronation (cancelled, changed to
August 9, 1902)
Saturday, 9 Aug. 1902 King's Coronation, as a day of General Thanksgiving and rejoicing
Thursday, 16 Oct. 1902 As a day of General Thanksgiving
Thursday, 15 Oct. 1903 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 17 Nov. 1904 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 26 Oct. 1905 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 18 Oct. 1906 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Thursday, 31 Oct. 1907 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 9 Nov. 1908 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 25 Oct. 1909 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 31 Oct. 1910 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 30 Oct. 1911 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 28 Oct. 1912 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 20 Oct. 1913 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 12 Oct. 1914 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 11 Oct. 1915 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 9 Oct. 1916 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 8 Oct. 1917 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 14 Oct. 1918 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 13 Oct. 1919 Blessings of an abundant harvest
Monday, 18 Oct. 1920 Blessings of an abundant harvest

By Statute

Date of Observance Reasons
Monday, 8 Nov. 1921 On Armistice Day
Monday, 7 Nov. 1922 On Armistice Day
Monday, 6 Nov. 1923 On Armistice Day
Monday, 10 Nov. 1924 On Armistice Day
Monday, 9 Nov. 1925 On Armistice Day
Monday, 8 Nov. 1926 On Armistice Day
Monday, 7 Nov. 1927 On Armistice Day
Monday, 6 Nov. 1928 On Armistice Day
Monday, 11 Nov. 1929 On Armistice Day
Monday, 10 Nov. 1930 On Armistice Day

By Proclamation

Date of Observance Reasons
Monday, 15 Oct. 1931 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 10 Oct. 1932 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 9 Oct. 1933 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 8 Oct. 1934 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Thursday, 24 Oct. 1935 (first fixed on Monday Oct. 14, then changed to
Oct. 24, due to General elections on Oct. 14)
Monday, 12 Oct. 1936 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 11 Oct. 1937 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 10 Oct. 1938 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 9 Oct. 1939 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 14 Oct. 1940 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 13 Oct. 1941 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 12 Oct. 1942 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 11 Oct. 1943 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 9 Oct. 1944 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 8 Oct. 1945 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 14 Oct. 1946 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 13 Oct. 1947 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 11 Oct. 1948 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 10 Oct. 1949 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 9 Oct. 1950 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 8 Oct. 1951 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 13 Oct. 1952 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 12 Oct. 1953 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 11 Oct. 1954 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 10 Oct. 1955 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 8 Oct. 1956 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Monday, 14 Oct. 1957 For general thanksgiving to Almighty God for the blessings
with which the people of Canada have been favoured
Years thereafter Proclamation of 1957 fixing for the years thereafter
Thanksgiving Day on second Monday in October

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