Cultural Awareness

8 Tips for Great Restroom Etiquette

Maybe it’s just me, but in the last two months it appears people are becoming sloppier and messier with how they use and leave public restrooms. Regardless of whether this is a new trend, now that there are many more unisex (for both men and women) public restrooms, here are 8 tips for what to […]

12 Annually Observed Days in May

The beginning of each month, I enjoy looking up what holidays, celebrations, and observances are taking place in the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Face it, no matter where you live, it’s a multicultural world. Therefore, as part of nurturing our friendships at work and within the extended families and communities in which […]

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Halloween Etiquette for Adults and Kids

Did you know that, in the U.S., Halloween is the second biggest celebration, next to Christmas? Click here to learn the history behind his celebration and trick or treating. (Also at: Everyone can have fun celebrating Halloween. Within a year or two of living in your home and neighborhood, you’ll learn whether you will […]

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It’s Mooncake Festival Time!

It all began, more than 1000 BC years ago, when the Chinese realized the movement of the moon coincided with the changes of the seasons and its annual crop production.  So to express thanks for the harvest, the Chinese created the mid-autumn festival on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. […]

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May Holidays to Celebrate

(Image by John Carrington/Savannah Morning News) 1.  Friday, 1 May is May Day Worldwide.  The first in May marks the halfway point between the first day of spring and the summer solstice.  May Day is also known as International Worker’s Day or Labour Day throughout the world. Its History:  Click here (Also at To […]

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Cultural Awareness is No Longer an Option

No matter where you live in the world, you can’t escape the phrase “cultural awareness.” We must all now possess it to succeed in life and business. The days of living next door to, working with, and purchasing products and services from people who look and act like us are gone forever. Now we live […]

Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year vs. Spring Festival

It is called by many names, yet the celebration of the Lunar New Year in many Asian cultures remains the same. It is a holiday based on the lunar calendar, not the Western Gregorian calendar.  The main difference is the Gregorian calendar is based on the earth’s orbit around the sun and the lunar calendar […]

Flag Etiquette All Year

Keep in mind when you are planning a special event or special use of flags, there is protocol you should be following. To follow are ten tips to keep in mind…

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10 Tips on Chinese Table Manners

Enjoying a Chinese meal or banquet is one of the best ways to spend time and share food and drink with family and friends… whether just for two, ten, or more guests.  Here are ten tips keep in mind: 1.  As a guest, never begin to eat or drink before your host does.  Same as […]

Chinese New Year Etiquette

I love being Chinese.  It allows me extra time to “get my act together” before starting the New Year.  Somehow January 1 comes around much to quickly after the other year-end holidays. Each year the Chinese/Lunar New Year begins sometime in January or February which is much more comfortable a start date for me. Do […]

Kwanzaa… another holiday celebration

A friend and associate in India (founder of sent me the below story about how African Tribes care for its members.  Reading it led me to be reminded that today, December 26 (by my calendar), is the first day of a 7-day celebration of Kwanzaa. While there may be some controversy over this celebration,  […]

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