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Thanksgiving Day is a traditional North American holiday, which is a form of harvest festival and celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada. In China, people have a similar holiday called Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival to celebrate harvest according to the Chinese calendar, which is usually around mid or late September in the Gregorian calendar.



Family reunion and plentiful foods are always the key elements of celebration in both Thanksgiving Day and Moon Festival. The typical foods for such occasion, however, are different based on their cultures. Canadians usually prepare a roasted turkey for the holiday meal while Chinese choose moon cakes as the last course of the special meal.

 

As a newly immigrated family, we know few local families and have no opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving with them. Instead, we decided to go to Whistler Village for a picnic during the sunny holiday. On that morning, my daughter got up early and helped her mother to prepare the food. They packed everything, from foods like rice, meat, vegetable and fruit, to drinks like tea, coffee and juice.

 

We drove on the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler that morning. It is so spectacular: a road is just built along the cliff of high snowcapped mountains. The sea was just on my left, and there are many small islands scattered on the coast. We went up and up until the sea vanished. We went into the sea of trees! They spread out and cover the mountains. The colorful leafs under the autumn sunshine show a vivid contrast against the white snow far away over the surrounding mountains.

 

Whistler Village is located in a valley surrounded by high mountains. It looks like a Swiss village in Alps mountain area. Standing in the village square, one can see many snow fields on slopes of the mountains.  It was a morning in mid autumn, not a good season for snow skiing, and people were wandering on the street, or talking and having coffee or diner on the decks of restaurants.

 

After visiting the village, we went to the Alpha Lake Park, which is a scenic area. The lake, surrounded with trees, is small and calm. We picked a place besides the lake to have our picnic. We don’t know what Canadians do to celebrate their Thanksgiving. We enjoyed ourselves. Anyway, it was a wonderful experience for us when starting a new life in Canada. 

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