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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: stock.adobe.com 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: stock.adobe.com 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: stock.adobe.com 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: whitehouse.gov 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: stock.adobe.com 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, [...]

Global Valentine’s Day 2021

By |2021-02-01T15:26:58-06:00February 1st, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, International Holidays|

Photo Credit: stock.adobe.com By pyty Valentine's Day may look a little different this year with many couples opting to celebrate their love safely at home in the U.S. and worldwide. For hundreds of years, nations have celebrated Valentine’s Day with beloved traditions. The following countries have unique Valentine’s Day origins and beliefs - some even [...]

5 Tips for Sustainable Travel in 2021

By |2021-02-01T15:23:29-06:00February 1st, 2021|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Lifestyle, Travel|

Image Source: stock.adobe.com By malp The Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the United Nations emphasize numerous criteria for responsible travel. Many travelers have inquired about the Global Sustainable Tourism Council Criteria. The GSTC provides a set of minimum requirements that a tourism business or destination must aspire to for approval:  environmentally friendly tourism practices; protecting [...]

Galentines Day 2021

By |2021-01-29T14:45:57-06:00January 28th, 2021|celebrations, Culture, Lifestyle|

Image: Screenshot: courtesy NBC, Parks and Recreation Youtube. Hearts: stock.adobe.com By Vitaliy "What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year...ladies celebrating ladies." - Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation Women worldwide celebrate the gal-pal day on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. The holiday was introduced in 2010 through the [...]

Awkward Dating Moments? You’re Not Alone.

By |2021-01-29T14:47:50-06:00January 28th, 2021|Culture, Lifestyle|

(Disclaimer: stock photo - not our sweet girl, Toffee) Image Credit: stock.adobe.com By Chalabala You’re accomplished, brilliant and sophisticated during the workday, managing to stay on your A-game. When it’s time for a date; it’s a failure of the brain, and you sometimes end up in deep yogurt with embarrassing moments. How does this happen, [...]

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