Observances – Monthly & Daily

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), [...]

Tips for National Handwashing Awareness Week

By |2020-12-02T10:26:25-06:00December 2nd, 2020|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

December has arrived and so has National Handwashing Awareness Week! December is typically the  season for festivities, family, and fun. Even with muted celebrations during the pandemic, the last thing we want to partake in is sniffles, colds, the flu, or Covid-19. Sneezes, after all, are like mini hurricanes. A typical human sneeze exits the body [...]

4 Tips for Clean Out Your Inbox Week Don’t be a hoarder! Just get your Inbox in Order

By |2019-01-18T15:01:50-06:00January 28th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, celebrations, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, US Observances|

Inbox Cleanse by Pexels  From Google Calendar reminders to weekly newsletters from your favorite local eateries, to spam disguised as personal email, our inboxes can be overrun by unnecessary mail that can bury important or time-sensitive messages. If your inbox is flooded with superfluous spam or unwanted updates, you’re not alone: the [...]

4 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King

By |2019-01-10T16:02:47-06:00January 15th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, celebrations, Culture, International History, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Politics, Relationship Building, US Observances|

Martin Luther King Jr. Speech by NPS.Gov  In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 21st is a significant day for U.S. Americans. This is due to its struggle toward civil rights and vision of a country free from discrimination and oppression. Dr. King’s courageous stance against systemic racism made him [...]

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

By |2019-02-03T15:22:03-06:00January 8th, 2019|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Culture and Commercialism, global competency, Goals, Intercultural, intercultural competence, International History, International Observances, International Travel Tips, Language and Culture, Legends and Myths, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Self-Awareness, SXSW, Travel, United States, US Observances|

Afterglow by Pexels What You Need to Know on Human Trafficking Awareness Day When I learned that human trafficking occurs in Austin during SXSW I was stunned. How could this happen in our Texas city? Yes, our population has increased dramatically, yet I associated this problem with sprawling, urban metropolitan areas. I [...]

Winter Solstice

By |2018-12-12T12:08:22-06:00December 20th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, International History, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Travel, US Observances|

Frost Sphere by Pexels Winter is celebrated worldwide with holidays linked to religion, philosophy, traditions, and the solstice. We’ve recently examined a number of Christmas customs including Czech, Colombia, and Germany. We’ve explained Advent, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Today we share thoughts about the Winter Solstice. What is solstice? Solstice is a staying [...]

Modern Manners 2018 Father’s Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:21-05:00June 11th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

On June 17, 2018, families across the U.S. will gather to celebrate fathers who teach, guide, and lead with love. Celebrations can range from a simple family picnic, to an elaborate outing, to his favorite weekend getaway, as long as they show Dad the appreciation he deserves. Whether you choose to celebrate Dad [...]

National Etiquette Week: Deleting Digital Distractions

By |2018-10-11T14:54:22-05:00May 14th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Social Etiquette, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

  While the dangers of talking on the phone at the wheel are well-known, there’s a new cell phone hazard catching unwary users off guard. According a study by Stony Brook University, those who text while walking are 60 percent more likely to veer off route than non-texters, a phenomenon which may be contributing to [...]

U.S. Memorial Day Culture Quiz 2018

By |2018-10-11T14:54:23-05:00May 11th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Quiz, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

As wildflowers burst into bloom and the temperatures warm up, U.S. Americans prepare to celebrate an important holiday in U.S. culture, Memorial Day. While many look forward to this holiday as it represents the start of summer and a three-day weekend, do you know the true meaning, culture, and history of Memorial Day? Find out [...]

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