Intercultural

Global New Year’s Eve Traditions 2020

By |2020-12-28T13:59:42-06:00December 28th, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Culture, Global, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Intercultural|

The star indicates the christmas of Jesus Christ. Credit: stock.adobe.com By Christian Horz As we close out 2020, we look toward 2021 as a new year with hope for health and prosperity. While many of us cannot travel, we can experience the customs of other countries vicariously by reading about their traditions. Today, we update [...]

The Global Holiday of Winter Solstice 2020

By |2020-12-21T19:58:29-06:00December 21st, 2020|Culture, Earth, Global Celebrations, Intercultural|

Credit: Stock.adobe.com By vovan Global winter holidays are celebrated based on various belief systems, traditions, religions, philosophies, and the solstice. We have explored a number of Christmas customs in blogs discussing the Czech Republic and Colombia. We also answered reader’s questions about Advent and Hanukkah. We will be sharing blogs about German customs, and Kwanzaa soon. [...]

Colombian Christmas Customs Celebrated by a Colombian Millennial

By |2020-12-18T14:23:31-06:00December 18th, 2020|Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Significance of Food, Global, Global Traditions, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Travel|

Handmade Hammocks from Villa de Leyva, Colombia Photo by Sophie Echeverry Today we are delighted to feature Sophie Echeverry, a guest blogger studying and living in Geneva, Switzerland. Sophie was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. “Day of the Little Candles”: Translated to el dia de las velitas and celebrated on December 7, this day brings the formal start [...]

Unique Czech Christmas Traditions

By |2020-12-08T18:51:39-06:00December 8th, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, International Observances, Language and Culture, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Religious Celebrations, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

Joza Upraka Exhibit at National Gallery 2011 The Czech Republic is recognized worldwide as Europe’s most castle-rich country, for its beautiful medieval landscapes, and also for its highest consumption of beer per capita. In addition, notable Czech-born people include Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl (tennis pros), Milos Forman (film director), Sigmund Freud (psychologist), [...]

Christian Advent Traditions Explained

By |2020-12-02T10:26:18-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global, Global Celebrations, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Interfaith, International Holidays, International Observances, Religious Celebrations, US Observances|

By Jonathan Schops Advent, in the Christian church calendar, is the preparation period for two things: the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas, and the second coming of Christ. Christian Advent: Advent translates to ‘coming’ in Latin. It is a Christian countdown to the days until Christmas to symbolically honor the coming of Jesus Christ [...]

5 Cross-Cultural Business Tips for the Holy Month of Ramadan

By |2019-04-08T13:11:08-05:00May 2nd, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Intercultural, International Observances, Ramadan, Travel|

Abu Dhabi Arches by Pexels Approximate 2019 U.S. Ramadan dates: the evening of May 5 to the evening of June 4 This May, Muslims worldwide share in fasting, festive dinners, and faith. Ramadan is crucial to  Islam, so we share key information that will be helpful when conducting business with Muslim counterparts [...]

Celebrating Japan’s Golden Week: 4 Official Holidays 2019

By |2019-04-29T12:52:50-05:00April 29th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Season, Intercultural, Japan, Travel|

Fushimi Inari Shrine, Japan by Pexels One of Japan’s most cherished celebrations, Golden Week spans April 29 - May 5th. This week is a special time when the entire country celebrates cultural traditions by observing four historical holidays. Companies close their doors and employees enjoy a week of paid vacation. Global business [...]

The Benefits of Diversity and Inclusion

By |2019-04-04T12:52:18-05:00April 2nd, 2019|diversity, Inclusion, Intercultural, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Workplace Diversity|

Travelers by Pexels Our team was stumped - we just couldn’t find a unique approach that wasn’t cliché or corny for a new proposal. I looked around the room and realized our team was homogenous in gender, race, and age. Luckily, we were in the midst of the hiring process and one of our [...]

International Women’s Day 2019

By |2019-02-26T14:11:46-06:00March 5th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Intercultural, International History, International Observances, US Observances|

Empowered by Pexels   March is a month that is jam-packed with appreciation for women, both nationally and internationally. Friday March 8, 2019 is the internationally recognized holiday known as Women’s Day. Despite what some may think, this holiday is no fad; in fact, Women’s Day is a globally recognized holiday that [...]

How to Build a Cross-Cultural Career: 8 Tips from an Attorney Turned Coach

By |2019-01-10T18:09:52-06:00January 30th, 2019|Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Protocol, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, SXSW, Travel|

 In 2018 I was selected to be a SXSW mentor for International Business. Once the potential mentees signed up for their sessions, I contacted them via the SXSocial App and LinkedIn to inquire about their questions since preparing in advance and bringing value were crucial. More than 50% of the mentees asked “How did [...]

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