Holiday Season

Unconscious Bias: Halloween Edition

By |2018-10-11T14:54:16+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 These days, it is more and more 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 can be conscious and explicit or unconscious and implicit, meaning that they are instinctive and [...]

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.

You catch more flies with honey: 4 Tips for National Courtesy Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 14th, 2018|Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Global Etiquette, Holiday Season, International Protocol, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette|

Peruvian generosity by pixabay These days, it’s not hard to find impolite individuals. You’ll encounter them at home, school, university and even in the workplace. From snarky comments on social media to combative chatter on the news or simply walking down the street, it can feel like society is less courteous. [...]

Do Something Grand: 7 reasons to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00September 7th, 2018|Culture, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness, U.S. Holidays, United States|

  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 [...]

The Ghost Gala: Obon Festival

By |2018-10-11T14:54:20+00:00August 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 [...]

Year of the Dog: Energy, Integrity, and New Connections

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28+00:00February 14th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Business Etiquette, China, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths|

In Eastern Asia, excitement is building as nations prepare to celebrate for a new Zodiac year. Chinese New Year, celebrated on February 16, 2018, brings families together for festivals and feasts during the biggest holiday in many Asian cultures. It holds special  meaning tied to the Zodiac cycle. The Zodiac Cycle is a 60-year period [...]

First Date Questions Not to Ask

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28+00:00February 12th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Millennials, Relationship Building, Relationships|

Before a first date, some people feel butterflies, some will be  bubbly throughout the night, while others will lose their filter from nerves. Generally, the first date is a time to get to know the other person and see how two unique personalities get along. While you may be curious about a potential romantic partner, [...]

Global Valentine’s Day Celebrations

By |2018-10-11T14:54:29+00:00February 9th, 2018|Brazil, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, Legends and Myths, Middle East, Middle East Culture, Muslim Culture and Traditions, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships|

We’re familiar with the classic gift exchange on February 14 between couples in the U.S., but did you know nations worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day with beloved traditions and unique twists? The following four countries have a unique Valentine Day origins, beliefs, and celebrations. Afghanistan Most regions of the Middle East discourage a celebration that may [...]

How To Mix & Match Holiday Seating Arrangements

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31+00:00December 19th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Coffee, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Hosting duties, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Tea Etiquette, Wine Etiquette|

Be creative with holiday seating arrangements. It makes all the difference in fostering a happy holiday dinner party!

All Your Canadian Boxing Day Questions Answered

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31+00:00December 15th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Cross-Cultural, Culture and Commercialism, Customer Service Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

The day after Christmas, December 26th, is an annual holiday known as “Boxing Day” celebrated in several countries in the British Commonwealth.

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