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International Sushi Day

By |2024-06-18T08:36:31-05:00June 18th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Significance of Food, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Dining, Global, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Toasts, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Singapore, Thailand, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

International Sushi Day   By  Sharon Schweitzer   To find the origins of sushi we must look at a dish called narezushi. Narezushi is salted fish stored in fermented rice for months at a time. Southeast Asia and Japan both had their own version of the dish, the rice was discarded and the fish was [...]

Dragon Boat Festival

By |2024-06-10T15:25:49-05:00June 10th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Singapore, South Korea, United States|

Dragon Boat Festival   By Sharon Schweitzer The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Double Fifth Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday with more than two thousand years of history. It begins on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Because the fifth month is considered an unlucky time of year, many traditions [...]

Japan’s Golden Week

By |2024-04-29T08:55:57-05:00April 29th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Hosting International Visitors, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships, Travel|

Japan’s Golden Week   By Sharon Schweitzer   Golden Week is a significant week-long holiday in Japan, comprising four national holidays - Showa Day, Constitution Memorial Day, Greenery Day, and Children's Day. These holidays fall between April 29th and May 5th every year, and it's customary for people to take a break from their work [...]

National Literature Month

By |2024-04-17T09:13:06-05:00April 17th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asian Pacific, Author Reviews and Profiles, book recommendations, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Relationships, Travel, Travel Book Recommendations, United States, US Observances|

National Literature Month By Sharon Schweitzer   The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), alongside Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and National Book Development Board – Philippines, will lead the celebration of National Literature Month this April with the theme, “Ang Panitikan at Kapayapaan.” Former President Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino III signed Proclamation No. [...]

Cheng Ming Festival

By |2024-04-04T08:22:01-05:00April 4th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, diversity, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Japan, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Religious Celebrations, Singapore, Thailand, United States, US Observances|

Cheng Ming Festival   By Sharon Schweitzer The Ching Ming Festival, also known as Qingming (清明节), is a Chinese custom celebrated worldwide by people of many Asian cultures. Sometimes called Tomb Sweeping Day or the Pure Brightness Festival (pure brightness is the English translation of Qingming), it's an annual event to remember and honor ancestors [...]

International Tea Day

By |2023-12-15T10:55:33-06:00December 15th, 2023|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Argentina, Asia, Asian Pacific, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Culture, Dining, Europe, Global, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, India, Intercultural, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Korea, Language and Culture, Malaysia, Middle East, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tea Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

International Tea Day By Sharon Schweitzer Tea is a beverage made from the Camellia sinesis plant. Tea is the world’s most consumed drink, after water. It is believed that tea originated in northeast India, north Myanmar and southwest China, but the exact place where the plant first grew is not known. There is evidence that [...]

Yi Peng Lantern Festival

By |2023-11-28T14:05:13-06:00November 28th, 2023|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asian Pacific, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Intercultural, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand|

Yi Peng Lantern Festival By Sharon Schweitzer Yi Peng Festival is a Thai celebration held on the evening of the twelfth month’s full moon in the traditional lunar calendar. It is an ancient celebration that was adapted from Brahmin origins and is inextricably linked with Thai Lanna culture. The Lanna culture dates back to the [...]

Celebrating National Rice Month

By |2023-09-13T14:37:09-05:00September 13th, 2023|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, China, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Dining, Global Celebrations, Hong Kong, India, International Holidays, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United States|

Celebrating National Rice Month By Sharon Schweitzer The history of National Rice Month which is celebrated in September, started in 1991, when President George H.W. Bush designated the month as such. The president and the United States Rice Federation came to an agreement to celebrate and recognize the usage of the grain in our daily [...]

International Sudoku Day

By |2023-09-08T13:49:43-05:00September 8th, 2023|Asian Pacific, Cross-Cultural, France, Hong Kong, International Holidays, Japan, U.S. Holidays|

  International Sudoku Day By Sharon Schweitzer For all of the Sudoku enthusiasts out there, you will notice the significance behind this holiday’s date. The goal of the Sudoku game is to fill a 9×9 grid so that each column, row, and 3×3 sub-grid contains all the digits from 1 to 9.  In 1892, the [...]

Hope You Have a Rice Day! Celebrating National Rice Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:18-05:00September 17th, 2018|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Dining, Intercultural, International Holidays, Japan|

  Rice Field Ha Giang Rice Terraces Vietnam by Maxpixel While National Rice Month is a U.S. celebration, this holiday celebrates the small grain that is responsible of feeding and nurturing more than half the world’s population. No matter your geographical location, income or cultural background, rice is a dish to [...]

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