Sunday is the day off of most OFWs and domestic helpers in Hong Kong. This is the day that they get to go out of their employer’s houses and hang out together. Plenty of them gather in Hong Kong’s Statue Square which is a public area in Central district of HK (Central MTR station).
Here are some photos that show how tight the community of domestic helpers are in HK during Sundays. You will see the Filipino community come alive during the worker’s only day off of the week.
Day OFF – Sunday Gathering for Domestic Helpers in HK
Plenty of OFWs set up temporary ‘shelters’ in the form of cartons, newspapers, carpets/rugs, and they gather together to spend the day with fellow OFWs and helpers. They bring food to share with each other, they bring playing cards and whatever games, and basically they make it a ‘fun day’ as this is their only time off from work.
You will notice them chatting with each other catching up on news and updates, you will find them polishing their nails, sleeping, reading books, and simply bonding with each other before going back to their accommodations come evening time to prepare for the next day’s work.
Here are some pictures we’ve gathered when we visited the area on a Sunday.
They have a few hours to enjoy each other’s company and this is the break that they get for the entire week of work.
By the way, these domestic helpers are not only Filipinas as there are also a majority of Indonesians working with the same job title in Hong Kong. Some of them just gather in the parks, some in bridgewalks, some under the tall skyscrapers, some also go to churches, but all trying to enjoy the day while away from their daily chores.