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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 [...]

The Global Holiday of Winter Solstice 2020

By |2020-12-21T19:58:29-06:00December 21st, 2020|Culture, Earth, Global Celebrations, Intercultural|

Credit: Stock.adobe.com By vovan Global winter holidays are celebrated based on various belief systems, traditions, religions, philosophies, and the solstice. We have explored a number of Christmas customs in blogs discussing the Czech Republic and Colombia. We also answered reader’s questions about Advent and Hanukkah. We will be sharing blogs about German customs, and Kwanzaa soon. [...]

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), [...]

Hanukkah or Chanukah Explained 2020

By |2020-12-08T18:46:39-06:00December 8th, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Holiday Season, Interfaith, Lifestyle, U.S. Holidays|

Image by Adobe Stock The holiday season is upon us and we are quickly approaching the first day of Hanukkah/Chanukah, to be celebrated by Jewish people around the world. The beloved and joyous holiday of  Hanukkah/Chanukah, or Festival of Rededication, begins the evening of Thursday, December 10th this year.  The eight-day celebration of the rededication of [...]

Holiday Card Etiquette 2020

By |2020-12-08T18:46:47-06:00December 3rd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Family time, Festival, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

Photo from Adobe Stock Images Sending and addressing holiday cards during the pandemic may be a delicate balancing act this year – spreading holiday cheer while simultaneously acknowledging that 2020 has been a challenging year for many people. Typical joyful seasonal greetings may hit an exposed nerve during this nearly year-long Covid-19 experience [...]

Christian Advent Traditions Explained

By |2020-12-02T10:26:18-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global, Global Celebrations, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Religious Celebrations, US Observances|

By Jonathan Schops Advent, in the Christian church calendar, is the preparation period for two things: the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas, and the second coming of Christ. Christian Advent: Advent translates to ‘coming’ in Latin. It is a Christian countdown to the days until Christmas to symbolically honor the coming of Jesus Christ [...]

Tips for National Handwashing Awareness Week

By |2020-12-02T10:26:25-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

December has arrived and so has National Handwashing Awareness Week! December is typically the  season for festivities, family, and fun. Even with muted celebrations during the pandemic, the last thing we want to partake in is sniffles, colds, the flu, or Covid-19. Sneezes, after all, are like mini hurricanes. A typical human sneeze exits the body [...]

3 Tips for Observing Universal Human Rights Month

By |2020-12-02T10:26:34-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette|

By CSNPhotography “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”                                           [...]

Madres, Mums and Mommies: Your Global Guide to Mother’s Day

By |2020-05-04T14:11:41-05:00May 4th, 2020|Business Etiquette, celebrations, Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Environment, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Mexico, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Spain|

Photo credits: Josh Willink/ Pexels Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days, and completely different seasons, depending on which part of the globe you call home. Regardless of the country or culture, the love of mothers’ crosses international borders. As Mother’s Day approaches, on May 10, 2020, for the U.S. and a few [...]

COVID-19 Etiquette Tips

By |2020-04-28T10:37:27-05:00April 28th, 2020|Culture, Gracious Living, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, United States|

Worldwide some of our social norms are changing based on Covid-19 or the CoronaVirus. Depending on whom you ask, advise it takes 21 or 30 days to change a habit. So our “new normal” in western cultures that use the handshake like the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, and others may see seismic shifts. What are [...]

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