Who Even Celebrates Thanksgiving in Hong Kong?

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It’ll be the fourth Thursday of November tomorrow. While, to most students in Hong Kong, that just means its another week closer to finals, the fourth Thursday of November also happens to be Thanksgiving.

For those who are unaware of the holiday, Thanksgiving is a huge deal in the states where families and friends gather together to be thankful for the harvest and the abundance of food. While North Americans and Canadians living in Hong Kong certainly still celebrate Thanksgiving (the latter group on a different date), here’s what the general Hong Kong public thinks of the holiday, based on opinions gathered over our years of living here.

General Public


  1. Response: What is Thanksgiving? Are there any shopping discounts?
  2. Food: We honestly don’t really care as long as there are 3 dishes and soup.



  1. Response: Why don’t we get a day off for Thanksgiving? I thought HK is an “international city?”
  2. Food: PIZZA HUT?!?


Pseudo-posh HKers


  1. Response: Yea of course I know what Thanksgiving is. It’s that thing when people have turkey for dinner right?
  2. Food: Traditional HK dinner but served with turkey from CitySuper.

HK Grandparents


  1. Response: Ain’t nobody got time for that. Remember to come home for dinner!!!
  2. Food: The usual banquet of Chinese food you’ll never be able to finish.



  1. Response: Let’s feast!!!!
  2. Food: Home baked turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, green bean casserole.


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