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Sweden
23
Dec

Holiday Traditions Around the World: Part 3 – Sweden

In our last installment of Holiday Traditions Around the World, we will uncover traditions of the St. Lucia holiday in Sweden.  We at Cultural Awareness International thank you for following this series and wish you and yours a very happy holiday season! St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden The Swedish Christmas season begins each year with …

Schoolgirls huddled and laughing.
17
Dec

Holiday Traditions Around the World: Part 2 – Ethiopia

Timkat in Ethiopia Each January, the remote city of Gondar is inundated with pilgrims during the religious festival of Timkat, the Ethiopian Orthodox celebration of Epiphany. One of the most important holidays of the year, Timkat is a two-day festival beginning on January 19th that celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. On …

Peru
10
Dec

Holiday Traditions Around the World: Part 1 – Peru

Join Cultural Awareness International for this three-part series as we explore holiday traditions around the world . . . Christmas in Peru Christmas traditions in Peru date back to 1535.  The holiday has a long history in the country as the majority of the population practices Catholicism.  December 24th is La Noche Buena, or “Good …

Human rights day sign
2
Dec

Know Your Rights

December 10th will mark the 64th annual  Human Rights Day, which seeks to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948. The holiday was first observed in 1950 and has remained one of the UN’s most important holidays ever since. Although the Declaration is comprised of a broad range of …

Three puppets dressed like day of the dead.
22
Oct

Calaveras and Marigolds: Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ holiday is celebrated annually from October 31st to November 2nd. During the 3-day-long festivities, family members celebrate loved ones who have passed away by bringing sugar skulls (Calaveras), marigolds as well as photographs to decorate family members’ graves with. Marigolds are used in these rituals …

United Nations Day flag
20
Oct

United Nations Day 2014

“The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises. […] At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable. On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good. ” – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon   …

Shalom Y'all sign
2
Oct

Shalom Y’all!

Together with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur forms the ten-day period known as the Days of Awe or Ten Days of Repentance. While God passes judgment on Rosh Hashanah, the Book of Life and the Book of Death will remain open during the 10 day period leading up to Yom Kippur, during this time is it …

Boy with lights in the background
22
Sep

It’s Time For Diwali!

The Diwali festival, also known as the festival of lights, is arguably one of India’s largest celebrations. Signifying the start of the Hindu New Year, Diwali also marks the beginning of winter. The dates of the festival are based on the lunar calendar, with this year’s start date falling on October 21st. However, the main …

Cups of coffee on a round table in various shades due to creamer.
29
Aug

Qahwah, Anyone?

A recent museum opening in Dubai seeks to combine our favorite things here at CAI, coffee and culture. Khalid Al Mulla, a Dubai-based coffee trader, is the founder and curator of the Middle East’s very first coffee museum, the Dubai Coffee Museum, now open to tourists and coffee enthusiasts alike. Ever since being cultivated in …

9
Jul

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

In 2008, when the US housing bubble burst, the effects were felt worldwide. Banks collapsed, economies went into a tailspin and too many people lost their homes. As the real estate market saw housing prices plummet, the relocation industry had to reevaluate many practices revolving around home sale for assignees. Effective January 2014, the Consumer …

Global entry kiosk
3
Jul

The US Global Entry Program

Traveling internationally is perceived as glamorous or adventurous.  Coming home, not so much.   Fatigue and over exposure to confined spaces can leave the best of us looking like our passport photo.  After a long trip, the long lines one encounters in the Customs department can sap the glamour out of traveling.  Recently, however, the US …

Map pf Thailand
22
May

Military Coup in Thailand

Relocating internationally has many challenges for an assignee and any accompanying family members.  From housing and utilities to understanding local values and customs, these problems can seem insurmountable at times.  For assignees going to and already in Thailand, this process just got a lot more complicated. Effective 4:30 pm on May 22, the Royal Thai …

8
May

What is the Eurovision Song Contest

This Saturday, 10 May 2014 many people throughout the world will be paying close attention to the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final.  The Eurovision Song Contest is essentially a European competition where participating countries each enter one musical act to represent their country.  This contest, established in 1956, predates American Idol, Pop Idol, and …

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