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  • Filipino Customs explained By Derek Lakes
    Be prepared to wait The Filipinos are a very thoughtful and laid back people. These are both things to aspire to, and are part of the reason many Westerners .... pasulobongí means Ďgiftí in Filipino, so if your intended recipient doesnít speak English, this word alone should be able to explain your good intentions

  • A Westernerís guide to Filipino Culture By Daniel Roser
    Greetings First impressions are very important in Filipino culture, and this impression is usually made upon first meeting a person. A simple smile, a .... while, and donít be offended by a lack of punctuality, as this will give away the fact that you do not in any way understand their culture and customs.

  • Giving Our Best in the Indian Tradition: A Double Blessing By Ralph P. Brown
    In the Indian tradition way it is customary to welcome a guest into our home with kindness and generosity by offering the best that we have. In some homes .... get what you give. Each encounter is an opportunity for a blessing... and who can't use more of this in their life? Give your best and be blessed!

  • Feng Shui- to be or not to be? By Shashwith Uthappa
    Feng Shui isnít the a magic wand with a Ďcure allí aura. It isnít even associated with a religion. Yet it lures Hong Kongers into following it. Itís inscrutable .... thus has negative energy. The British finally succumbed to Feng Shui to relocate their business which later became a hub of trade and travel, Hong Kong!

  • The Rainbow Nation has Yet to be Born By Dzagbe Cudjoe
    My first few weeks in south Africa to publicize my children's book were spent in a state of extreme culture shock. Nothing was as I had been led to .... return to do work connected with culture and education or lecturing teachers on the benefits of Dance and Movement Therapy for children with Special Needs.

  • The Tang Yuan Festival By Henry Fong
    Dong Zhi, or the Winter Solstice Festival, was celebrated by the Chinese of ancient times. It was commemorated in much the same way Chinese Lunar New Year .... people still celebrate light festivals. Similar to the Chinese Dong Zhi festival, the Germans observe Yule and Hindus revel in Diwali, a festival of light.

  • Chinese Inventions Have Resulted in Some Incredible Innovations By Henry Fong
    It might be difficult for westerners to perceive that Chinese inventions have been responsible for some of the most important innovations to come about .... experiment for parity which revolutionized the science of particle physics, we cold go on with this subject ad infinitum, but I think you get the picture now.

  • In Chinese Astrology Ox Comes After Rat, and is the Sign for 2009 By Henry Fong
    In Chinese astrology Ox is after Rat and 2009 is the year of the Ox. In the very beginnings of Chinese astrology, over 3 000 years ago they named the 12 .... elements have conflicted. It comes as very little surprise to Chinese Astrologers that there has been so much trouble in the world during these years.

  • China's Emperors - The Early Years By Henry Fong
    Suiren, Fuxi and Shennong are known as the Three Sage Kings. They are the leaders of their time and they made many contributions and sacrifices to improve .... Legendary Kings comes the Xia Dynasty founded by Yu. Yu most important contribution was for controlling the floods that caused a lot of problem for his people.

  • Food Culture in China By Jason Chang
    To say that the consumption of food is a vital part of the chemical process of life is to state the obvious, but sometimes we fail to realize that food .... Including local cuisines of Xiangjiang Region, Dongting Lake and Xiangxi coteau, Hunan is known for its use of chili, pepper and shallot, and a pungent flavor.

  • Introducing the Chinese New Year By Henry Fong
    The first day of the first lunar month is the start of the Chinese New Year and this important celebration lasts for fifteen days. The Chinese New Year .... made to the Jade emperor and honored guests will drink tea. On the last day of the New Year lanterns and candles are lit to guide back wayward spirits.

  • Australia, The Melting Pot Of Different Cultures By Jo Alelsto
    The first inhabitants of this vast continent are the aborigines, coming to the land some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago, and the scholars thought they may .... most culturally diverse countries in the world by blending the past with the present and forging an enduring future for the next generations of Aussies.

  • Learn All About Santa And The Reindeer By Jason Swanson
    Maybe it's the undeniable alliterative appeal of Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer that makes him the most known or popular of all Santa's nine flying .... as previously mentioned, just before he came down the chimney of a house to start filling the stockings from a sack full of toys he carried on his back.

  • Where Did Christmas Traditions Come From By Jason Swanson
    Christians celebrate Christmas to observe the birth of Jesus Christ, which is an event and not a tradition. But many other activities related to celebrating .... Nativity, but pictures of Santa Claus, winter scenery, Christmas trees, gift packages and others are also depicted on contemporary Christmas greeting cards.

  • Celebrating Christmas In Central And South America By Jason Swanson
    In Central and South American nations, which have a fairly large Christian population, the Nativity or Manger Scene is the main decoration in homes at .... after having Christmas dinner. Christmas festivities, which include folk dancing and singing, continue until January 6th, which is called Three Kings Day.

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