Cultural Snapshot

Memorial Day

By |2024-05-23T12:45:20-05:00May 23rd, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Austin, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, diversity, Earth, Festival, Flag Protocol, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, 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|

Memorial Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   Do you know the true meaning, culture, and history of Memorial Day? Find out with these ten quiz questions! ____ 1. The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1922. ____ 2. Memorial Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. ____ 3. In 2000, President [...]

Intercultural Communication for the World Affairs Council-Austin

By |2024-05-20T14:12:59-05:00May 20th, 2024|Austin, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Global, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Office Culture, Relationship Building, Relationships, United States, Women in Business|

Intercultural Communication for the World Affairs Council-Austin By Sharon Schweitzer, Polina Anastassieva   On Wednesday, May 15th, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Austin, I had the pleasure to speak about Intercultural Communication at the Neill Cochran Museum in Austin, Texas. I was delighted to be invited to speak on this topic. Since [...]

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 [...]

Costa Rica

By |2024-05-02T10:18:32-05:00May 2nd, 2024|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Global, global competency, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Protocol, International Travel Tips, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Social Etiquette, Travel|

8 Cross Cultural Tips for Traveling to Costa Rica in 2024   By Sharon Schweitzer and Shannan Bloomstrand   Costa Rica consumes only 0.03 percent of the globe's surface yet contains six percent of the world's biodiversity. Costa Rica reserves the highest percentage of its land for conservation and preserving national parks than any other [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Universal Day of Culture

By |2024-04-15T09:41:58-05:00April 15th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Earth, Environment, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Goals, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Italy, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Spain, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Universal Day of Culture   By Sharon Schweitzer   Universal Day of Culture is the product of an international pact to ratify a legal recognition of the conservation of cultural objects and works of art. Known as the Treaty on the Protection of Artistic and Scientific Institutions and Historic Monuments, or the Roerich Pact, it [...]

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