Global Traditions

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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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

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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 [...]

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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