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Have a Rice Day Celebrating National Rice Month

By |2021-08-20T18:28:59-05:00September 1st, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture|

Photo by thanhhoa tran from Pexels National Rice Month began in 1991 when President George H.W. Bush signed an official proclamation designating September as the month. The president and the United States Rice Federation created this month-long celebration to encourage the consumption of this tiny, mighty grain in our daily dining. Today, we celebrate the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Fourth of July Quiz – How Patriotic Are You?

By |2021-07-03T10:54:03-05:00July 3rd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, United States|

Image by picjumbo_com from Pixabay  With 47% of our U.S. population vaccinated in the U.S. and restrictions lifting across the country, we are looking forward to the opportunity to safely watch fireworks where it isn’t a fire hazard. We are ready for celebrations, friendships, poolside fun, and to fire up the grill with family in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Celebrating International Sculpture Day April 24, 2021

By |2021-04-23T17:49:05-05:00April 23rd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, International Observances|

Mother Sculpture by Frantisek Uprka Photo Image by Sharon M Schweitzer, JD International Sculpture Day occurs globally on the last Saturday in April. On April 24, 2021, we celebrate the 7th year by sharing 10 ways to observe this day with the goal of furthering the understanding of sculpture and how it provides a vital, unique contribution [...]

5 Tips for Sustainable Travel in 2021

By |2021-05-05T17:59:13-05:00February 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 [...]

Galentines Day 2021

By |2021-01-29T14:45:57-06:00January 28th, 2021|celebrations, Culture, Lifestyle|

Image: Screenshot: courtesy NBC, Parks and Recreation Youtube. Hearts: stock.adobe.com By Vitaliy "What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year...ladies celebrating ladies." - Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation Women worldwide celebrate the gal-pal day on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. The holiday was introduced in 2010 through the [...]

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