Holiday Season

6 Colombian Christmas Customs shared by a Colombian Millennial

By |2018-12-11T14:44:00+00:00December 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 [...]

The Tradition of Christian Advent Explained

By |2018-12-04T11:56:58+00:00December 5th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Religious Celebrations, US Observances|

Advent Wreath by flikr What is Christian Advent? Advent, a word that translates to 'coming' in Latin, is a Christian countdown to the days until Christmas to symbolically honor the coming of Jesus Christ and his birth into the world. While the adults lead prayer, light candles, and arrange time with one [...]

Tips for Observing Universal Human Rights Month

By |2018-12-03T16:47:05+00:00December 4th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, International Protocol, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness|

Life in Color “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”                                       [...]

5 Practical Considerations for Your Holiday Greetings

By |2018-11-29T16:20:16+00:00November 27th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Global Etiquette, Holiday Season, Lifestyle|

Christmas Card by Pexels When running a business of any size, it’s important to understand the value of sending a holiday message. Be it a snail mail card or an email, keep in mind these considerations to determine which method is the best for your customers and business colleagues. Budget: When deciding [...]

Hanukkah/Chanukah Explained

By |2018-11-26T00:21:28+00:00November 26th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Season|

Candelabrum by pxhere The beloved and joyous Jewish holiday of Hanukkah/Chanukah, or Festival of Rededication, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is also referred to as the “Festival of Lights.” It usually occurs in December, when the days are the shortest in the northern hemisphere. Here is a quick [...]

4 Global Halloween Celebrations Explained

By |2018-10-25T10:04:18+00:00October 25th, 2018|celebrations, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, Ireland, Travel|

Chinese Halloween by Jonathan Kos-Read on flikr Many people worldwide cherish fond memories of childhood Halloween, which is celebrated differently worldwide. In the U.S. on this day revelers have the opportunity to put on a costume and become a princess or an astronaut, and light candies that parents normally prohibit. What about [...]

US Thanksgiving Holiday Explained

By |2018-10-24T16:46:23+00:00October 24th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Dining, Family time, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Hosting duties, Lifestyle, Relationships, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States|

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 [...]

4 Cross-Cultural Tips for a Successful Office Halloween

By |2018-10-18T16:55:40+00:00October 17th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, celebrations, Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, Workplace Etiquette|

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.

Unconscious Bias: Halloween Edition

By |2018-10-17T10:58:13+00:00October 9th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Holidays, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays|

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 [...]

Chuseok: How to Celebrate the Korean Way

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 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.

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