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Spread the Love: Valentine’s Day Traditions around the World

Jane Austen, an English romantic novelist once wrote, “There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time.” In Japan, for example gestures are often considered unnecessary forms of expression while the French tend to be more open when displaying gestures of love. Some cultures, like Costa Rica, who are warm in their affection, will often show endearment even to strangers. Valentine’s Day is just one day specific to expressing love and showing affection toward your significant other. Whether you spent the day relaxing with your family, taking your significant other out for a nice dinner,
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Chinese Lunar New Year: Traditions & Celebrations

New Year’s Eve celebrations take place all around the world, on December 31st.  That is, if you are following the Gregorian calendar…  To determine Festival dates, Chinese culture still utilizes the Lunar Calendar, which simply counts the moon cycles from one spring to the next.  Chinese months begin with a new moon, about every 29 1/2 days.  The start of the new moon Spring cycle for 2016 began on February 8 and marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year! 2016 is the year of the Monkey! But what exactly does this mean? The Monkey is the 9th of
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3 International December Holidays You May Not Know About

Throughout history, what is now known as the month of December has almost always been a time for joining together with family, celebrating the season, and reflecting on the past year. There are dozens of different December holidays celebrated around the world. With this blog post, we decided to explore tranquil winter family celebrations from three different international cultures and religions. We at The International Center wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season, no matter which December holiday – or holidays – you celebrate! Bodhi Day Celebrated on the 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese
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Worlds Of Learning: Education in Canada, Australia & Germany

Canada In Canada, there is no federal department of education or integrated system for education. Instead, each individual province or territory has departments and ministries responsible for education, which are led by elected officials. These departments and ministries provide administrative support and financial management for educational institutions. Funding for Canadian public education comes directly from provincial or territorial government (i.e. taxes). Regulations are set up to provide grants to schools based on number of students, special needs, and location. Most provinces or territories mandate public school attendance for all children aged 6 through 16. Approximately 98% of elementary  school students go onto secondary education: high school. Secondary
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Tour De Food: Culinary Customs in France, Italy & Spain

France Baguettes, cheese, and wine comprise a basic French meal. Fresh ingredients are a must, & meals are prepared with care. Lunch is 2 hours long. Some businesses close for as long as 5 hours because of lunch. Most famous French dishes are regional specialties. Ingredients used in special dishes vary by geographic region. All great French cuisine is premised upon the careful preparation of fresh ingredients. France’s most essential traditional dish typically consists of bread, cheese, and wine. In France, individual meal portion size is generally much smaller than it is in America. The French widely consider breakfast to be the least important meal
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This Is Not Halloween: 4 Ghostly Celebrations Around The World

Halloween, as it exists today, evolved from Irish and Scottish cultural traditions over the course of the last 200 years. It is most popular as a commercial and cultural holiday in the United States and Canada. Though some North American Halloween customs have taken hold in European and Asian nations throughout the past two decades, most other countries do not celebrate Halloween to the extent that the U.S. and Canada do. Instead, many countries have their own special cultural celebrations of ghosts, skeletons, and the deceased. With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be interesting to share a little
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Family Ties: 4 International Political Dynasties

Democratic political dynasties are families in which successive generations have been elected to high political office by popular vote. The family members in question may be parents, children, spouses, or siblings. They function differently from monarchies and dictatorships, in which individuals are not elected to political office by popular vote. On Monday, October 19, Justin Trudeau was elected to the office of Prime Minister of Canada – an office which his father, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, held from 1968 to 1984. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party victory gives Canada its very first political dynasty. We were inspired by this week’s Canadian election to
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Care to Share? 5 Standout Car Sharing Services Worldwide

Earlier this year, The International Center was invited to work closely with France’s Bolloré Group and the City of Indianapolis to help launch BlueIndy, Indianapolis’ electric vehicle (EV) sharing service. BlueIndy is America’s largest electric car sharing program, and we love the mass transportation solution it presents to Indianapolis residents! Car sharing is a safe, efficient, and environmentally-friendly transportation option, and the 100% electric BlueIndy vehicles are poised to decrease pollution and facilitate mass transit in Indianapolis. Vehicle sharing services are a global phenomenon, and BlueIndy has many terrific international peers. We’ve done some research on these services, and
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8 Ways You Can Be An International Citizen Every Day

This past Tuesday evening, The International Center hosted a gala at The Indiana Roof Ballroom to present its International Citizen of the Year Award! This year’s recipient was Dr. John Lechleiter, who serves as President and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, and also as chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council and United Way Worldwide. Inspired by the International Citizen of the Year Award, we decided to put together a list of international activities that everyone can partake in. You don’t even need to leave home to bring the world to your world! 1. Be Aware Of Diversity, So You Can Embrace It Every person, every
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10 International Proverbs To Inspire You

All throughout the world, there are millions of people saying millions of things. Some of the things some of the people are saying are wise things. Some of those wise things said through the ages have been considered so wise, they have become “proverbs” – colloquial sayings specific to certain cultures. Every country in the world is home to a collection of unique national proverbs. We’d like to share with you 10 of our favorites from countries around the world, which may bring a smile – or even some inspiration! 1. Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid. This saying comes
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