Cross-Cultural

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, [...]

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 [...]

A Day On, Not a Day Off, MLK Day 2021Ways to Answer the Call to Serve

By |2021-01-17T16:21:54-06:00January 17th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural|

Image Credit: stock.adobe.com By Tharun On Monday, January 18, 2021, our nation celebrates a national holiday in honor of the leadership and compassion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who tirelessly led the United States in her struggle for civil rights and community values. His vision of a nation free of discrimination and oppression inspired [...]

Responding Graciously to Highly-Charged Political Questions

By |2021-01-13T14:05:03-06:00January 13th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Politics, United States|

Image: stock.adobe.com By flysnow Joseph R. Biden, Jr. is scheduled to be inaugurated on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, during the Covid-19 pandemic. In light of the events of last week, this event will occur with unprecedented levels of security with the world observing our democracy. Once again our readers are asking us for advice about how [...]

2020 Regifting Etiquette During a Pandemic

By |2020-12-28T14:24:53-06:00December 28th, 2020|Cross-Cultural, Gracious Living|

Today, in the U.S., regifting can be controversial because some people feel that it lacks integrity. The original gift recipient is passing along a gift that was specifically selected for them - to someone else. However, others feel that regifting is a way to pass along something that might be more special and useful to [...]

Global New Year’s Eve Traditions 2020

By |2020-12-28T13:59:42-06:00December 28th, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Culture, Global, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Intercultural|

The star indicates the christmas of Jesus Christ. Credit: stock.adobe.com By Christian Horz As we close out 2020, we look toward 2021 as a new year with hope for health and prosperity. While many of us cannot travel, we can experience the customs of other countries vicariously by reading about their traditions. Today, we update [...]

Colombian Christmas Customs Celebrated by a Colombian Millennial

By |2020-12-18T14:23:31-06:00December 18th, 2020|Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Global, Global Traditions, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Travel|

Handmade Hammocks from Villa de Leyva, Colombia Photo by Sophie Echeverry Today we are delighted to feature Sophie Echeverry, a guest blogger studying and living in Geneva, Switzerland. Sophie was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. “Day of the Little Candles”: Translated to el dia de las velitas and celebrated on December 7, this day brings the formal start [...]

Unique Czech Christmas Traditions

By |2020-12-08T18:51:39-06:00December 8th, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Religious Celebrations, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

Joza Upraka Exhibit at National Gallery 2011 The Czech Republic is recognized worldwide as Europe’s most castle-rich country, for its beautiful medieval landscapes, and also for its highest consumption of beer per capita. In addition, notable Czech-born people include Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl (tennis pros), Milos Forman (film director), Sigmund Freud (psychologist), [...]

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