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Sep

Enkutatash – Ethiopian New Year

Thursday, September 12th, marks the first day of the first month – known as Meskerem – of the new year for both Ethiopia and Eritrea. The name “Enkutatash” translates to “Gift of Jewels” and alludes to a centuries-old tale of Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon. She brought a range of gifts for the …

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May

4 Things to Keep in Mind when Visiting a Muslim Country during Ramadan

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is the month of the revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.  Muslims all over the world fast from dawn to sunset during this month in adherence to one of the Five Pillars of Islam (sawm). Ramadan officially begins after the visual confirmation of the crescent …

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Feb

“Chunyun”: China’s Annual Mass Migration

Springtime is swiftly approaching and the Lunar New Year has arrived! Chinese New Year follows the Lunar calendar. This means that while the exact date changes every year, the New Year day typically falls between mid-January and mid-February. This year Chinese New Year, celebrating the year of the Earth Pig, falls on February 5th and …

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Dec

CAI’s Expat Survival Guide for the Holidays

Usually one for embracing change and experiencing new things, knowing that my family at home in the USA was gearing up to celebrate Christmas while I was abroad made me long for the familiarity of home. Watching the days grow shorter and thermostat drop heightened my sense of anticipation for my favorite time of year. …

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Jun

Traveling While on Assignment: On or Off the Beaten Path

After being assigned abroad and working for some time, you might find yourself itching to venture out and explore your new surroundings. Every country has highlights and places to go, but we’ve all been there after a long day of traveling: exhausted, stressed, hungry, and just ready to sleep.  But nothing is worse than discovering …

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Jun

Portugal: A European Treasure

Everyone has heard of Portugal, yet it is not the most popular of vacation getaways. Who are the Portuguese, and what is their country about?