International Holidays

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 [...]

Canadian Thanksgiving

By |2018-10-11T14:54:16+00:00October 8th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Self-Awareness|

Alberta, Canada by Pexels Oh, sweet Canada! So sweet, people know you as the the land of Maple Syrup. Famous for its beautiful scenery, warm hearted people, spectacular ski slopes, and freezing cold winters. Canada is a culturally diverse country that shares English and French traditions, the best of both worlds. Although [...]

The New Age: Inter-generation Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:18+00:00September 27th, 2018|Business Etiquette, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Social Media, Technology/Gear, U.S. Holidays|

Grandmother Laptop by Max Pixel Intergeneration Month is celebrated every September as a way to appreciate perspectives of all ages. It’s a great time to converse with people from generations other than your own. Whether it be family members, colleagues or even a new acquaintance, it’s important to observe viewpoints from all [...]

Hope You Have a Rice Day! Celebrating National Rice Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:18+00:00September 17th, 2018|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Bridging the Cultural Divide, China, Chinese Culture, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Dining, Intercultural, International Holidays, Japan|

  Rice Field Ha Giang Rice Terraces Vietnam by Maxpixel While National Rice Month is a U.S. celebration, this holiday celebrates the small grain that is responsible of feeding and nurturing more than half the world’s population. No matter your geographical location, income or cultural background, rice is a dish to [...]

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.

What You Need to Know About Hispanic Heritage Month

By |2018-10-11T14:54:19+00:00September 7th, 2018|Central America, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International Holidays, South America, Spain, Travel, U.S. Holidays|

Photo by Stéphan Valentin on Unsplash The U.S. is known for being a big melting pot due to its rich cultural diversity. It is estimated that 18 percent of U.S. Americans have an Hispanic or Latino heritage and are an integral part of the economic and social base of the country. As we [...]

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 [...]

Golden Week 2018: Honoring the Four Festivals

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24+00:00April 25th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, International Holidays, Japan, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

From April 28 to May 6, Japan enjoys a week of historical holidays and lively cultural traditions as the country observes Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク). The National Holiday Laws of 1948 declared four official holidays concentrated at the end of April and the beginning of May. During this period, businesses across Japan enjoyed a rise in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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