Holiday Season

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.

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 [...]

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