Cross-Cultural

7 Tips for World Photo Day 2021

By |2021-08-15T22:42:48-05:00August 18th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Modern Manners|

Image by Sharon Schweitzer - Hue, Vietnam Capturing the moment with a photograph in a new place, enjoying the sunrise, or the sunset on the coast, taking a photo can be an instinctive reaction for many people. Experts tell us almost every household in Western Europe and the U.S. owns a camera. Snapping [...]

JAPAN’S OBON FESTIVAL 2021

By |2021-08-04T16:20:55-05:00August 10th, 2021|celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Japan|

Image: by Sharon Schweitzer at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima Japan Japan’s Obon (or Bon) Festival, also known as the Festival of Souls or Lantern Festival, begins August 13 and ends on August 16, 2021. This annual Buddhist three-day festival has been celebrated for over 500 years in Japan and is dedicated to honoring [...]

South Africa’s National Women’s Day 2021

By |2021-08-03T14:18:53-05:00August 3rd, 2021|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, South Africa|

Image: Sharon Schweitzer Cape of Good Hope South Africa National Women's Day is a public holiday in South Africa celebrated annually on August 9th. On this day in 1956 approximately 20,000 women of all races marched to Pretoria’s Union Buildings to protest against the Urban Areas Act of 1950. The Urban Areas Act [...]

Business Culture Tips for the Czech Republic

By |2021-07-15T08:41:15-05:00July 10th, 2021|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Czech Republic, International Protocol|

Image: Photograph by Sharon Schweitzer in Straznice, Czech Republic According to the European Commission Spring 2021 European Economic Forecast, as the Czech public health situation improves and containment measures are gradually relaxed, a rebound in economic activity is predicted. As a result, real GDP is forecast to grow by 3.4% in 2021, driven by [...]

8 Culture Tips for Doing Business with Poland

By |2021-07-10T16:05:16-05:00July 6th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, intercultural competence, International Protocol, Poland|

Krakow Poland Image by Sharon Schweitzer As an industrial powerhouse of Central Europe, Poland attracts the attention of businesses and investors worldwide. The economic forecast for Poland for 2021 and 2022 reflects steady growth according to the May 2021 European Economic Forecast. Poland’s economy is projected to grow by 4.0% in 2021 and 5.4% in 2022, with [...]

7 Czech Beer Facts – Just in Time for a Hot Summer

By |2021-06-24T15:03:48-05:00June 24th, 2021|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Czech Republic|

  Image by Deny_Hell from Pixabay Thinking about a cold brew on a hot summer day? The coronavirus has hit the Czech Republic brewing industry hard! If you are into beer, consider supporting them and trying a Czech beer like Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen. According to the Associated Press, beer consumption in the [...]

7 TIPS FOR MINDING YOUR VACCINE ETIQUETTE

By |2021-06-23T19:01:29-05:00June 23rd, 2021|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Global Etiquette, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

  Image: pixabay.com/torstensimon With vaccines readily available to any person 12 years of age and older in the U.S., and not everyone choosing to partake – it can be a tricky topic to navigate. With new variants and the unpredictability of the virus in general, it’s understandable if you feel awkward navigating this [...]

6 Tips for Civility in the Workplace 2021

By |2021-06-23T18:50:31-05:00May 5th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Workplace Etiquette|

Image: stock.adobe.com By Prostock-studio From cliquish colleagues to bullying bosses, work can be uncivil at times. Even in the age of Zoom meetings and virtual calls, interactions can drip with pettiness or be downright uncivil. Whether you need to improve your own behavior or want to better respond to your colleagues, all of us can [...]

6 Tips for Culturally Appropriate Cinco De Mayo 2021

By |2021-05-04T23:23:33-05:00May 4th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Mexico|

Image: stock.adobe.com By MoreVector Although Cinco de Mayo marks an important date in Mexican history, it is more commonly celebrated in the U.S., where Latino communities enjoy lively cultural festivities filled with music, dance, and cuisine. For an authentic Cinco de Mayo that honors Mexican traditions and stays true to the holiday’s origins, we’re sharing our [...]

Global Mother’s Day Celebrations and Traditions

By |2021-05-03T12:22:40-05:00May 3rd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Global Traditions|

Image: Katie B Creative - 4 Generations  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. As Mother’s Day approaches, on May 9, 2021, for those in the U.S. and [...]

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