Merry…everything! Cultures Celebrating the Holiday Season

Merry…everything! Cultures Celebrating the Holiday Season

Mele Kalikimaka may be Hawaii’s (and Bing Crosby’s) way to say “Merry Christmas,” but across the globe, the Christian celebration on Dec. 25 is only one of many religious holidays and traditions that fall near the start of winter, and each has a greeting of its own....
Modern changes to our modern languages

Modern changes to our modern languages

The Portuguese and German languages have undergone reforms in the new millennium, and in the current decade, the Chinese government has been pressuring Hong Kong to adopt simplified Chinese. These changes, while seemingly cultural in nature, affect all aspects of...
Three. Two. One. Happy New Year!

Three. Two. One. Happy New Year!

Around the world, party-goers will chant these words just seconds before the clock strikes 12 a.m. on Jan. 1 under skies filled with fireworks. But there are many lesser-known New Year’s traditions, both old and new, that involve things like house cleaning, molten...
Valentine’s Day: Love, history link global celebrations

Valentine’s Day: Love, history link global celebrations

Valentine’s Day: Love, history link global celebrations What’s on your list for Valentine’s Day? In the U.S., it’s often a dozen red roses, a box of candy and a poetic card. Or maybe it’s dinner at an upscale restaurant and a gift of jewelry. While united by a common...
Winter Holidays ‘Round the World

Winter Holidays ‘Round the World

While Christmas is arguably the most well-known holiday in the United States, people around the country observe the season with a variety of celebrations, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to the Hindu Pancha Ganapati. Such diversity drives traditional winter festivities in...
Marketing to the Spanish Speaking Community

Marketing to the Spanish Speaking Community

In an earlier post on Spanish-language translation, we looked at the rapid, worldwide growth of the language in general and its impact on business; more specifically now, let’s look at how that language is used on the internet and in social media, two great tools for...