When a man engages in Asian dating with a Chinese woman, there is often a chance that he might find himself in China at some point. Sometimes, this happens over the holidays when most Americans have a little extra time off. If you’re headed to China and will be there for Thanksgiving – a very American holiday – here’s what you need to know.
First of all, this day of giving thanks is sort of catching on in China, although it is primarily celebrated by Americans and Canadians who are currently living in the country. It is observed on the same day as it is in America: the fourth Thursday in November. Some teachers have begun teaching their students about Thanksgiving as well.
The reinterpretation of Thanksgiving by the Chinese isn’t so bad – it’s all about giving thanks to their teachers, friends, parents, and other people. This is very similar to the modern U.S. premise. Originally, the holiday was about giving thanks to God, but times have changed that a little.
Chinese people who celebrate Thanksgiving call it “Gan’en Jie” and have a Western meal while giving thanks to those they love and respect. Sometimes, a small gift is presented to those they are thanking.
When it comes to food, some new Chinese supermarkets in the big cities have begun stocking frozen turkeys and all the fixings for the holiday meal. However, most people roast a goose instead because they are easier to find in China.
If your Asian dating brings you to China for Thanksgiving, it might be a wonderful time to share a little something about your culture and heritage with your new girlfriend’s family!