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Mother’s Day

By |2024-05-11T15:22:20-05:00May 10th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Austin, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, diversity, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Mother’s Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   In many countries and cultures, our love of our mothers crosses international borders. Depending on which part of the globe you call home, Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days and in different seasons.  The history of this holiday in the U.S. began in the early 20th century [...]

Cinco de Mayo

By |2024-05-05T12:01:35-05:00May 5th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, diversity, Festival, Global, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Intercultural, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Mexico, Observances - Monthly & Daily, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Cinco De Mayo By Sharon Schweitzer   Everyone knows what May 5th, or Cinco De Mayo, means tacos, margaritas, fun, and fiesta. But did you know that without what happened on this fateful day, the United States may have not existed as we know it today? The first Cinco de Mayo celebrations didn’t include margaritas—those [...]

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 [...]

Global Pay It Forward Day

By |2024-04-27T13:47:52-05:00April 27th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, diversity, Earth, Environment, gift-giving, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Goals, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Interfaith, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Global Pay It Forward Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   If you’ve believed in paying back kindness all your life, allow us to introduce you to a more refined and helpful initiative — paying kindness forward! This day is celebrated in over 80 countries, encouraging us to collectively perform random acts of kindness in a [...]

International Sculpture Day

By |2024-04-24T10:24:12-05:00April 24th, 2024|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Australia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, Canada, celebrations, China, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Environment, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Goals, Inclusion, India, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Mexico, New Zealand, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, South Africa, South America, Spain, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

International Sculpture Day Mother Sculpture by Frantisek Uprka   By Sharon Schweitzer   Every year on the last Saturday in April, International Sculpture Day raises awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment of sculpture. It’s also a day for sculptors around the world to showcase their artistic talents. Sculpture is a type of visual arts that [...]

Elbe Day: National East Meets West Day

By |2024-04-22T08:51:20-05:00April 22nd, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, diversity, Earth, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Goals, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Elbe Day: National East Meets West Day By Sharon Schweitzer   East Meets West Day marks the day when the American troops met the Soviet Armies on the River Elbe which became a historical meeting point between U.S. and Soviet forces. During the Second World War, American troops were instructed to halt military operations at [...]

International Earth Day/Keep America Beautiful Month

By |2024-04-19T10:25:37-05:00April 19th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, diversity, Earth, Environment, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Goals, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships, Self-Awareness, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances, Volunteering & Mentoring|

International Earth Day/Keep America Beautiful Month By Sharon Schweitzer   John McConnell, of Davis City, Iowa founded International Earth Day. It was initiated to make the inhabitants of our planet aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. This care includes environmental and natural resources. Everyone needs to take an active role, big or [...]

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. [...]

National Volunteering Month

By |2024-04-08T10:11:01-05:00April 8th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Austin, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Earth, Environment, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Goals, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Stress, United States, US Observances, Volunteering & Mentoring|

National Volunteering Month   By Sharon Schweitzer April recognizes all those who give their time and energy during National Volunteer Month. In the United States, volunteerism is instilled at a young age. In many parts of the country, it is the cornerstone of summer vacation or woven into after school programs. Most organizations in small [...]

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 [...]

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