Weekend events: October 17-20

Diwali (Photo: Ian Smith/The Province)

Diwali
(Photo: Ian Smith/The Province)

Fall is now here in BC.

There are many ways to celebrate the season.

Enjoy some of the fall outdoor markets in your area.

Or celebrate the beauty of Diwali.

Vancouver and Surrey events:
Diwali festivities will be taking place from Friday, October 17 through to Sunday, October 26 at various venues throughout Vancouver and Surrey.

For more Diwali events on the lower mainland visit diwalifest.ca.

Learn some bhangra dance moves to get ready for the fun!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians / (Photo: Nick Kenrick / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Flickr)

“Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians”
(Photo: Nick Kenrick / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Flickr)

We wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!

To learn more about Canadian Thanksgiving, visit these links:
Canadian Thanksgiving
and Thanksgiving Day in Canada.

To find local activities, check our event listings.

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Thanksgiving weekend events

Highbush Cranberries for Thanksgiving in Northern Canada  (Photo: /Bruce McKay/CC BY NC-ND 2.0, Flickr)

Highbush Cranberries for Thanksgiving in Northern Canada
(Photo: Bruce McKay/CC BY NC-ND 2.0, Flickr)

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada. It is quite different from the US Thanksgiving.

Two differences are:

  • The date: In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday in October. In the US, Thanksgiving is the fourth Thursday in November.
  • The origin: Canadian Thanksgiving is more about giving thanks for the harvest season. In the US, thanks is given for the arrival of pilgrims and the settlement of the US.

A popular dish to eat on Thanksgiving is cranberry sauce. So, in BC, we also celebrate the cranberry season!

Did you know Richmond grows most of Canada’s cranberries? And 90% of BC’s cranberries are sent to the US.

Listen to the audio for this December, 2013 WCR story, “A great crop of cranberries.”

There are many ways to celebrate the holiday. Share a meal. Go to a pumpkin patch. Visit a cranberry festival. Take a short trip.

Here are some things you can do this holiday weekend!

(Click the link to learn more.)

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