The story and traditions behind Dragon Boat Festival

In Chinese, the name for Dragon Boat Festival is 端午节 [duān wǔ jié], which is not a literal translation of Dragon Boat Festival, but rather is an ancient phrase that relates to the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. The festival is always celebrated on 五月初五 [wǔ yuè chū wǔ], the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar, which this year falls on June 2. Continue reading

Family Moments during Christmas in France

No other holidays suscitent (verb ‘susciter‘: to arouse, create) such expectations of warm réunions (f.) de famille (family gatherings) as Christmas time. Passer de bons moments ensemble (have a good time together, lit. to pass good moments), around a table and près du feu (near the fire), en … Continue reading

The Traditional Christmas Markets of France: A Popular Winter Event

For a month (end of November until end of December) throughout France, les marchés de Noël (Christmas markets) have become des évènements incontournables (must-see events; lit. that cannot be circumvented) that play a big part in the magic of winter holidays in Paris. The tradition originated … Continue reading

Gift-giving etiquette – Part 2: For the business traveler

Last year around the holidays, we put together a gift-giving etiquette quiz, which tested your knowledge of gift-giving customs in several countries.  This year, we’re focusing on the business traveler and how gift-giving customs differ across cultures in a professional … Continue reading