Sharon Schweitzer

About Sharon Schweitzer

Sharon Schweitzer, J.D., is a cross-cultural consultant, an international protocol expert and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. She is accredited in intercultural management, is a regular on-air contributor and has been quoted by BBC Capital, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Inc., The New York Times, The Vancouver Sun, The Bangkok Post and numerous other media. She is the best-selling, international award-winning author of Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, which was named to the Best Books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Celebrating Women’s History Month: European Quiz

By |2021-03-22T11:12:57-05:00March 22nd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Politics, Quiz|

Image Credit: Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England (now the United Kingdom)  How much do you know about successful women in the United Kingdom and Europe? This diverse region has made remarkable progress over the past century to establish gender equality and women’s rights. Several prominent organizations seek to promote female empowerment, including the [...]

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Asia Quiz

By |2021-03-19T13:32:11-05:00March 19th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia|

Image Credit: Tsai Ing-wen, the first female president of Taiwan.  March is Women’s History Month, and we are highlighting global female success in a series of posts. Asia is our third in the series, after U.S. American women, and South American women. How much do you know about successful women in Asia? Asia is [...]

Global St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations and How to Celebrate Virtually This Year

By |2021-03-16T14:43:44-05:00March 16th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural|

Image Credit: Mike Young  Sydney Opera House  More than 70 million people worldwide claim ancestral links to Ireland. Saint Patrick’s Day is a cherished opportunity to revitalize this heritage. For the second year in a row, some of the world’s largest St. Patrick’s events will segue to creative online venues. For centuries countries have found [...]

Celebrating Women’s History Month: South America Quiz

By |2021-03-10T19:15:44-06:00March 10th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Politics|

Image Credit: Policarpa Salavarrieta, 2 Pesos Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society. We are inviting you to challenge your intellect about women’s global contributions. During March, we are sharing a series of posts celebrating women leaders and their landmark achievements to humanity. On March 3, we [...]

Celebrating Women’s History Month: United States Quiz

By |2021-03-03T09:20:38-06:00March 3rd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Politics, Quiz|

PhotoCredit: Library of Congress Margaret Chase Smith at her swearing in ceremony with Speaker William Bankhead, and Rep. James C. Oliver Women's History Month occurs annually from March 1-31, to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in U.S. American history. The theme in 2021 is Valiant Women [...]

Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras and King Cakes: Traditions Explained

By |2021-02-15T13:18:06-06:00February 15th, 2021|celebrations, Cross-Cultural|

Image: By Lynne Ann Mitchell Some Carnival and Mardi Gras traditions are thriving during the pandemic, with homes being converted into stationary floats and music continuing to play. However, many large-scale events have been canceled or postponed in 2021 to protect the public. What are these holidays? Here is a short explanation: Mardi Gras [...]

From Ash Wednesday to Easter: Lent Meaning and Traditions Explained

By |2021-02-15T13:15:37-06:00February 15th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural|

Image: By Art Stocker Growing up in a Christian family, my five siblings and I celebrated the Lenten season with great pomp and circumstance.  We fasted, observed each special day of the season, enjoyed lots of fish sticks, and dressed up for church. We learned to follow family recipes such as seasoning a ham, [...]

Valentine’s Day 2021: Social Norms & Cost-Conscious Celebrations

By |2021-02-10T16:03:12-06:00February 10th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations|

Image: By Natalia Whether you are in a new relationship, or you have been married for more than 25 years like us, celebrating Valentine’s Day does not have to be expensive or elaborate. It is about authenticity and expressing yourself in a meaningful way in your relationship, at whatever stage that may be and [...]

What Expats Living in the U.S. and All of Us Need to Know About President’s Day

By |2021-02-10T18:51:40-06:00February 10th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Politics|

Image: Expat is a shortened version or a nickname for an expatriate - a person living outside their native country or who has settled themselves abroad for a time. As a cross-cultural consultant, I conduct ongoing virtual training for expats who live and work here in the U.S. Many times, I am asked about [...]

Lunar New Year Customs, Traditions and Zodiac Calendar 2021

By |2021-02-09T14:22:31-06:00February 9th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, celebrations, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year|

Image: By Sensvector While most Western countries ring in New Year’s Day at midnight on January 1 following the solar calendar, many of our Asian neighbors celebrate New Year’s according to the lunar calendar, which in 2021 falls on February 12th, and is the Year of the Ox. Not just a single day festivity, [...]

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