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, [...]
Chinese New Year by youranwo on flikr The Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the “Spring festival” (chunjie (春节)) starts the first day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In 2019, the Year of the Pig, the New Year begins on February 5th and is celebrated for a [...]
Chinese Halloween by Jonathan Kos-Read on flikr Many people worldwide cherish fond memories of childhood Halloween, which is celebrated differently worldwide. In the U.S. on this day revelers have the opportunity to put on a costume and become a princess or an astronaut, and light candies that parents normally prohibit. What about [...]
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 [...]
In Eastern Asia, excitement is building as nations prepare to celebrate for a new Zodiac year. Chinese New Year, celebrated on February 16, 2018, brings families together for festivals and feasts during the biggest holiday in many Asian cultures. It holds special meaning tied to the Zodiac cycle. The Zodiac Cycle is a 60-year period [...]
September is National Rice Month celebrating the harvest of rice, a staple consumed by nearly half of the world’s population. Rice consumption is especially strong in Asian and African countries, however is also common in the Americas. Rice has important social, religious, and cultural significance around the world. If you’re traveling abroad during National Rice [...]
Whether you’ve planned a traditional June ceremony, a winter wedding, or are taking your chances with a July matrimony, consider one of these traditions for a stroke of luck on your special day!
Handover Day is also a time of social activism, with thousands of citizens gathering to rally for their rights. Originally organized by the Civil Human Rights Front, the causes behind this yearly march have been numerous, but the overarching theme is universal suffrage.
As a cross-cultural business trainer and the author of Access to Asia, consider these five culture tips for successful negotiation and building lasting business relationships in China.
From exchanging love spoons to kissing in the capital, lovebirds around the world express their sentiments with unique customs.