Holiday Season

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 [...]

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

By |2018-10-11T14:54:28-05:00February 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:28-05:00February 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:29-05:00February 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 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 |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 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.

3 Tips for Eco-Friendly Gift Giving

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00December 8th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, gift-giving, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Networking, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Travel, University Students|

When planning this year’s holiday gifts, consider your environmental impact, here are 3 tips to help you soften this blow on Mother Nature without having to sacrifice your gifting aesthetics.

Gifts and Goodwill: Your 2017 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00December 7th, 2017|Business Etiquette, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Relationship Building, Religious Celebrations, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

This holiday season, consider these 8 tips for a thoughtful and successful experience.

Global Gift Giving in Southern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00November 30th, 2017|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Central America, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Italy, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Absorb wisdom and educate others about global gifting tips to increase your cross-cultural understanding of the world.

Global Gift Giving in Northern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 29th, 2017|Cross-Cultural, Europe, Finland, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Ireland, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Relationship Building, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

While gifts are not traditionally exchanged between business associates in this region, the holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude and goodwill with a culturally-appropriate token.

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