International Holidays

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 [...]

Madres, Mums and Mommies: Your Global Guide to Mother’s Day

By |2020-05-04T14:11:41-05:00May 4th, 2020|Business Etiquette, celebrations, Colombia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, Environment, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Mexico, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Spain|

Photo credits: Josh Willink/ Pexels Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days, and completely different seasons, depending on which part of the globe you call home. Regardless of the country or culture, the love of mothers’ crosses international borders. As Mother’s Day approaches, on May 10, 2020, for the U.S. and a few [...]

8 Ways to Celebrate International World Happiness Day

By |2019-03-21T13:19:25-05:00March 20th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, International Holidays, Travel|

Access to Asia Signing by Sharon Schweitzer Happiness is a fabulous state of mind - many of us can remember the days and times that have brought us the happiest memories. Wouldn’t it be amazing to be happy for the majority of your life? Believe it or not, happiness can be influenced [...]

10 Traditional Taboos to Avoid During the Lunar New Year

By |2019-01-10T13:38:36-06:00January 24th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Chinese Culture, Chinese New Year, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Festival, Holiday Season, International History, International Holidays, Travel|

Chinese New Year by youranwo on flikr  The Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the “Spring festival” (chunjie (春节)) starts the first day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar. In 2019, the Year of the Pig, the New Year begins on February 5th and is celebrated for a [...]

6 Things You Should Know About Boxing Day

By |2018-12-12T14:16:35-06:00December 21st, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Cross-Cultural, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International History, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Relationships, Travel|

English Boxer by Pexels In Britain, Canada, Australia, Kenya, and a multitude of countries within the British Commonwealth, the day after December 26th is known as Boxing Day. But what is Boxing Day, exactly, and what does it have to do with boxing? Here are six (6) things to know about this [...]

7 International New Year’s Eve Traditions

By |2018-12-11T13:58:48-06:00December 18th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Global Celebrations, Holiday Parties, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Relationship Building, Relationships, Travel|

Grand Finale by GoToVan on flikr New Year’s is a time to start fresh, wish good luck, and hope for fortune for the next year. Each country has different rituals to bring in the new year on the right foot. It is always fun to learn and gain awareness of the diversity [...]

Kwanzaa Explained

By |2018-12-11T13:34:13-06:00December 17th, 2018|Africa, Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Global Etiquette, Intercultural, International Holidays, Language and Culture, Lifestyle, Relationships|

Kwanzaa holiday by iStock Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga in an effort to form a strong community of Afro-Americans in the U.S. The holiday consists of 7 days where the family gathers and lights up one of the candles in the Kinara, the beautiful candle holder. The family [...]

5 German Christmas Traditions

By |2018-12-10T16:01:18-06:00December 12th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, Germany, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International Holidays, Lifestyle, Relationships|

  Christmas Market in Jena, Germany by Rene Schwietzke   In Germany, Christmas decorations appear before December 1st has arrived! It’s a beautiful scene with the snow covered Straße (streets), colorful lights, Christmas-themed markets and warm treats. Country customs make every nation unique. Enjoy reading about these annual German traditions you won't want to [...]

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