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International Olympic Day

By |2024-06-23T13:07:43-05:00June 23rd, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Czech Republic, diversity, Earth, Festival, Fitness & Gym Etiquette, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Goals, Greece, Hosting International Visitors, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Olympics, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Sport Etiquette, Sweden, Travel, United States, US Observances, Volunteering & Mentoring|

International Olympic Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   In 1947, a member of the International Olympics Committee in Czechoslovakia, Dr. Josef Gruss, presented a report about World Olympic Day in Stockholm. Later in the 42nd I.O.C. Session at St Moritz in January 1948, the idea for Olympic Day was adopted. With mutual consultation, June 23rd [...]

World Day of Music

By |2024-06-21T09:12:05-05:00June 21st, 2024|'France, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Dance, diversity, Europe, Festival, France, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Music, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Stress, Travel, United States, US Observances|

World Day of Music   By Sharon Schweitzer   From the oldest musical instrument in the world — the Neanderthal flute, made by Neanderthals 60,000 years ago — to present-day electronic instruments, music has become a significant part of our daily lives. Other than being pleasant to listen to, music is a form of expression [...]

Father’s Day

By |2024-06-16T11:03:16-05:00June 16th, 2024|'France, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Czech Republic, diversity, Family time, Festival, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, Interfaith, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, International Toasts, Italy, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Luxembourg, Mexico, Networking, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Father’s Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   We hold an incredibly special place in our hearts for our fabulous fathers and we observe with intrigue as cultures worldwide celebrate father figures. U.S. Americans prepare to honor fathers, father-figures, and male role-models on Sunday, June 16th, 2024, and we share the unique traditions of ten countries [...]

Honoring Old Glory: Flag Protocol on National Flag Day

By |2024-06-14T18:56:29-05:00June 14th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Environment, Flag Protocol, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Honoring Old Glory: Flag Protocol on National Flag Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   Annually, on June 14, the United States celebrates the Star Spangled Banner on National Flag Day. Celebrated on the anniversary of the Flag Resolution, signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1777, US citizens are called to hoist the stars and [...]

5 Tips for Sustainable Travel

By |2024-06-13T10:03:03-05:00June 13th, 2024|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, Business Etiquette, Concierge and Guest Services Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Dining, diversity, Global, global competency, Global Tipping, Goals, Gracious Living, Hosting International Visitors, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International Observances, International Protocol, International Travel Tips, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Networking, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Travel, Travel Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette|

5 Tips for Sustainable Travel By Sharon Schweitzer   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 [...]

Dragon Boat Festival

By |2024-06-10T15:25:49-05:00June 10th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Family time, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Hong Kong, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Japan, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Singapore, South Korea, United States|

Dragon Boat Festival   By Sharon Schweitzer The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Double Fifth Festival, is a traditional Chinese holiday with more than two thousand years of history. It begins on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. Because the fifth month is considered an unlucky time of year, many traditions [...]

International Clothesline Week

By |2024-06-03T12:57:21-05:00June 3rd, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Australia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Earth, Environment, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Goals, Gracious Living, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Self-Awareness, Travel, United States, US Observances, Wardrobe|

International Clothesline Week   By Sharon Schweitzer   International Clothesline Week was first started in  2006, and is celebrated from the first Saturday of June to the next, all around the world. This year it takes place from June 1st-8th. It is a week-long celebration initially created to enlighten people about more sustainable living. Do [...]

Intergenerational Day

By |2024-06-01T08:23:54-05:00June 1st, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, diversity, Family time, Global, global competency, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Quality time, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, United States, US Observances, Volunteering & Mentoring|

Intergenerational Day   By Sharon Schweitzer   The idea for Intergenerational Day came to a teacher from British Columbia in Canada in 2009. The teacher was working with students on projects related to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Students were being taught about the respect, care, and love the elders in society deserve, and within [...]

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 [...]

National Women’s Health Week

By |2024-05-13T11:51:50-05:00May 13th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Austin, Cross-Cultural, Culture, diversity, Environment, Family time, Global, global competency, Goals, Gracious Living, Inclusion, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Stress, United States, US Observances, Women in Business, Women in the Workforce|

National Women’s Health Week   By Sharon Schweitzer   Every May beginning on Mother’s Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) leads National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). This year, NWHW takes place May 12 – 18th. This observance aims to highlight women’s health issues and priorities and [...]

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