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As one of the earliest regions open to the west, Guangdong welcomes a variety of cultures. In some big cities, you may feel immersed in a festival atmosphere during some western festivals such as Christmas or Vaentine’s Day.
Today it’s Thanksgiving Day, do people in Guangdong know about the festival and what do they think of it? Newsgd.com interviewed some citizens in downtown Guangzhou.
Most of the interviewees have heard about Thanksgiving Day but don’t know much about it. “I had learned it in my history books in junior school, although I already forget most of the details”, said student Zhao from South China University of Technology.
Some said that normally at that day, some of their friends would post thank-you notes on Wechat or other social networks, “that’s how I know ‘Oh today it’s Thanskgiving Day’, because I won’t specially remember the date”, said Mr. Li who works in Guangzhou.
Some do say thank you to love ones when they know the date. “I do call my parents every Thanksgiving, though they don’t know much about the festival. I just want to talk to them more as I am now studying far away from home and has limited time accompanying with them”, said student Zhao.
When talking about such phenomenon, Miss Zhao who studied media in Guangzhou said, “Many Chinese are unwilling to express their feelings or emotions to others especially intimated ones. Such festivals give Chinese an excuse, or chance to express gratitude to loved ones. Because sometimes emotions must be said out loud so that others know how much you care for them”.
Of course, the festival is also another excuse for merchants to do marketing and promote sales.