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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Holiday Card Etiquette 2020

By |2020-12-08T18:46:47-06:00December 3rd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Family time, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

Photo from Adobe Stock Images Sending and addressing holiday cards during the pandemic may be a delicate balancing act this year – spreading holiday cheer while simultaneously acknowledging that 2020 has been a challenging year for many people. Typical joyful seasonal greetings may hit an exposed nerve during this nearly year-long Covid-19 experience [...]

Christian Advent Traditions Explained

By |2020-12-02T10:26:18-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global, Global Celebrations, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Religious Celebrations, US Observances|

By Jonathan Schops Advent, in the Christian church calendar, is the preparation period for two things: the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas, and the second coming of Christ. Christian Advent: Advent translates to ‘coming’ in Latin. It is a Christian countdown to the days until Christmas to symbolically honor the coming of Jesus Christ [...]

Madres, Mums and Mommies: Your Global Guide to Mother’s Day

By |2020-05-04T14:11:41-05:00May 4th, 2020|Business Etiquette, celebrations, Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Environment, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Mexico, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Spain|

Photo credits: Josh Willink/ Pexels Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days, and completely different seasons, depending on which part of the globe you call home. Regardless of the country or culture, the love of mothers’ crosses international borders. As Mother’s Day approaches, on May 10, 2020, for the U.S. and a few [...]

5 Cross-Cultural Business Tips for the Holy Month of Ramadan

By |2019-04-08T13:11:08-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Intercultural, International Observances, Ramadan, Travel|

Abu Dhabi Arches by Pexels Approximate 2019 U.S. Ramadan dates: the evening of May 5 to the evening of June 4 This May, Muslims worldwide share in fasting, festive dinners, and faith. Ramadan is crucial to  Islam, so we share key information that will be helpful when conducting business with Muslim counterparts [...]

Celebrating Japan’s Golden Week: 4 Official Holidays 2019

By |2019-04-29T12:52:50-05:00April 29th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Japan, Travel|

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan by Pexels One of Japan’s most cherished celebrations, Golden Week spans April 29 - May 5th. This week is a special time when the entire country celebrates cultural traditions by observing four historical holidays. Companies close their doors and employees enjoy a week of paid vacation. Global business [...]

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