English Boxer by Pexels In Britain, Canada, Australia, Kenya, and a multitude of countries within the British Commonwealth, the day after December 26th is known as Boxing Day. But what is Boxing Day, exactly, and what does it have to do with boxing? Here are six (6) things to know about this [...]
Grand Finale by GoToVan on flikr New Year’s is a time to start fresh, wish good luck, and hope for fortune for the next year. Each country has different rituals to bring in the new year on the right foot. It is always fun to learn and gain awareness of the diversity [...]
New Years Toast by Pexels As New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday this year, some may find themselves in the office with the crush of year-end projects. If you find yourself working, keep in mind that a new beginning celebrated in the office place can increase productivity, company culture, and even [...]
Thanksgiving Cheer by Pexels For many U.S. Americans Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday - the day is centered around family, feasting, and football. This week in November holds the record as the busiest time to travel in the U.S. If you are visiting, living, or working in the U.S., don’t let [...]
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Halloween reminds us of a cardinal rule in U.S. business - to avoid mixing work and pleasure. This is why during the holiday season, there is a need for a balance between productivity and company morale. Consider these celebratory tips to enjoy a culturally appropriate holiday with colleagues and customers.
Masquerade by Pexels Today it is common to hear the term “unconscious bias.” What exactly does that mean? Biases are positive or negative prejudices we have towards someone or something. These biases may be conscious and explicit -- or unconscious and implicit. Unconscious and implicit means that they are instinctive [...]
Photo taken from Pixabay National Grandparents Day was initiated at the grassroots level by West Virginian Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, with the behind-the-scenes support of her husband Joseph L. McQuade. They had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Mrs. McQuade started her campaign for a day to honor [...]
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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 [...]
Memorial Day brings U.S. Americans together for a day of reflection as we honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. First initiated to remember fallen Union soldiers, Memorial Day became a national holiday after World War I, honoring all who died while defending our nation and its values. Though historically a solemn holiday, [...]
Be creative with holiday seating arrangements. It makes all the difference in fostering a happy holiday dinner party!