Global Traditions

Global Mother’s Day Celebrations and Traditions

By |2021-05-03T12:22:40-05:00May 3rd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Global Traditions|

Image: Katie B Creative - 4 Generations  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. As Mother’s Day approaches, on May 9, 2021, for those in the U.S. and [...]

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 [...]

Colombian Christmas Customs Celebrated by a Colombian Millennial

By |2020-12-18T14:23:31-06:00December 18th, 2020|Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Global, Global Traditions, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Travel|

Handmade Hammocks from Villa de Leyva, Colombia Photo by Sophie Echeverry Today we are delighted to feature Sophie Echeverry, a guest blogger studying and living in Geneva, Switzerland. Sophie was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. “Day of the Little Candles”: Translated to el dia de las velitas and celebrated on December 7, this day brings the formal start [...]

5 Tips on How To Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

By |2018-12-12T16:43:43-06:00December 26th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Self-Awareness|

Trip Plan by Pexels There is a difference of opinion about New Year’s resolutions. However The Washington Post cites statistics revealing how resolutions create a huge opportunity for self-improvement. About 40% of U.S. Americans make New Year's Resolutions every year, which is the first step to changing the negative habits we [...]

Winter Solstice

By |2018-12-12T12:08:22-06:00December 20th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International History, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Travel, US Observances|

Frost Sphere by Pexels Winter is celebrated worldwide with holidays linked to religion, philosophy, traditions, and the solstice. We’ve recently examined a number of Christmas customs including Czech, Colombia, and Germany. We’ve explained Advent, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Today we share thoughts about the Winter Solstice. What is solstice? Solstice is a staying [...]

National Tie Month

By |2018-12-11T09:14:46-06:00December 13th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Black and White Tie, Culture and Commercialism, Global Traditions, Office Culture, US Observances|

Suave Tie by Pexels If you work in an office, travel for business, work in banking or the legal industries, there’s a strong chance that you or a colleague wears a necktie. Did you know that December also serves to celebrate National Tie Month?  This isn’t a holiday just for the fellas, [...]

5 German Christmas Traditions

By |2018-12-10T16:01:18-06:00December 12th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Germany, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Relationships|

  Christmas Market in Jena, Germany by Rene Schwietzke   In Germany, Christmas decorations appear before December 1st has arrived! It’s a beautiful scene with the snow covered Straße (streets), colorful lights, Christmas-themed markets and warm treats. Country customs make every nation unique. Enjoy reading about these annual German traditions you won't want to [...]

6 Colombian Christmas Customs shared by a Colombian Millennial

By |2018-12-11T14:44:00-06:00December 10th, 2018|Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Culture, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, Indigenous Peoples, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Toasts, Lifestyle, Relationships, U.S. Holidays|

Handmade Hammocks from Villa de Leyva, Colombia by Sophie Echeverry Today we are delighted to feature Sophie Echeverry, a guest blogger living and working in the U.S.A. who is from Bogota, Colombia.    As a Colombian, I cherish Christmas customs from my home country. I have celebrated 21 of my 22 Christmases [...]

Chuseok: How to Celebrate the Korean Way

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19-05:00September 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Korea, Korean Celebrations, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, South Korea|

If your business travels in early October take you to Korea, knowledge of the following Chuseok customs will prepare you to engage in intelligent conversation about this traditional harvest festival.

The Ghost Gala: Obon Festival

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20-05:00August 10th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Gala Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Japan, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel|

The Obon (or Bon) Festival, widely known as the Festival of Souls, commences on August 13th and ends on August 16th this year. This annual Japanese Buddhist three-day festival is dedicated to celebrating Japanese family heritage. The origin begins with a disciple of Buddha, Mokuren (Maha Maudgalyayana), who used his powers to peer [...]

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