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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 [...]

International Business Image Improvement Month

By |2024-05-07T09:26:24-05:00May 7th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Austin, avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Global, global competency, Goals, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Networking, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, Social Media, Strategic Planning, United States, US Observances, Workplace Etiquette|

International Business Image Improvement Month   By Sharon Schweitzer   International Business Image Improvement Month is celebrated in May, and this is the month to focus on improving your company’s image. Although it may not appear so, a company’s image is crucial to its success. Making a strong first impression is crucial, and this is [...]

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 [...]

Elbe Day: National East Meets West Day

By |2024-04-22T08:51:20-05:00April 22nd, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Case for Cross-Cultural Training, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, diversity, Earth, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Goals, Gracious Living, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, intercultural training case, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationship Building, Relationships, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Elbe Day: National East Meets West Day By Sharon Schweitzer   East Meets West Day marks the day when the American troops met the Soviet Armies on the River Elbe which became a historical meeting point between U.S. and Soviet forces. During the Second World War, American troops were instructed to halt military operations at [...]

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 [...]

National Literature Month

By |2024-04-17T09:13:06-05:00April 17th, 2024|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asian Pacific, Author Reviews and Profiles, book recommendations, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, diversity, Global, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Inclusion, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Philippines, Relationships, Travel, Travel Book Recommendations, United States, US Observances|

National Literature Month By Sharon Schweitzer   The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), alongside Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) and National Book Development Board – Philippines, will lead the celebration of National Literature Month this April with the theme, “Ang Panitikan at Kapayapaan.” Former President Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino III signed Proclamation No. [...]

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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