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5 Day of the Dead Facts You Should Know

23 Oct

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is one Mexican and Central American festival that’s become very popular around the world. While the holiday is primarily viewed as a Mexican celebration, it is widely observed in Mexican-American communities and acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. Variations of the festival are celebrated in Ecuador, Brazil (Finados), and Belize (Day of the Skulls), where locals have a tradition of adorning the skulls of their dead relatives with fresh flowers.

But those who don’t traditionally celebrate it often don’t know much about Day of the Dead, or think it’s something like Halloween. We’re here to make sure you’ve got the basics on this holiday that’s meant to help celebrate life.

5 Day of the Dead Facts You Should Know

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10 Tips for Leftover Halloween Candy With a Cultural Twist

09 Oct

Let’s be honest, when it comes to Halloween we’re only in it for the candy and it’s never enough. Halloween may not be traditional in every part of the world, but the custom has certainly caught on. From Ireland (where Halloween originated as All Hallow’s Eve) to The United States (where the custom was brought over by the first settlers), and even to Japan! Halloween has become a global phenomenon that is famous as the one night where you have permission to dress up as your favorite fantasy character. And sure, the costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating are all fun, but at the end of the day it’s all about the Halloween loot, and there’s tons of it. That leaves families all over the world with the same situation every year: Wondering what to do with extra Halloween candy. So here’s a list of 10 smart candy-packed ideas for your leftover Halloween candy to try.

10 Tips for Leftover Halloween Candy With a Cultural Twist

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A Visual Guide to Halloween & Its History

02 Oct

Whether you love getting dressed up, eating a ton of candy or using this festive fall holiday as a way to connect with friends and family, have you ever wondered how it got started?  Some civilizations began Halloween traditions as far as 3,000 years ago.  Other traditions are more recent.

By looking at the visual guide to the history of Halloween below, you’ll discover fun facts like how trick-or-treating began in England as well as customs from all over the world and throughout human history.

A visual guide to the history of Halloween

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Just Moved to the USA? Here’s How To Be A Good Neighbor

25 Sep

It’s a little known fact that September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day in the US. This day is set aside to remind us all what it is to be a good neighbor. Such a day is also a good excuse to go say hello to those people across the way you haven’t managed to introduce yourself to yet.  Maybe you’ve recently immigrated to the US from another country, and need to know: What is a good neighbor? How can you be a good neighbor? How do you deal with bad neighbors? How do you balance being a good neighbor with not being a nosy neighbor?

These are hard questions, and you aren’t alone in asking them. Maintaining a good relationship with your neighbors can be tricky, especially if you’re not familiar with their cultural norms, and your results will vary. Here are some of our tips on learning to be a better neighbor (even if you aren’t a huge fan of the guy next door).

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Your Guide to Unique Rosh Hashanah Gifts

11 Sep

Rosh Hashanah is on its way. Yes – New Year at the end of summer! Many of us don’t think much about this holiday unless your family, friends or business associates observe Jewish New Year, but it’s one of the holiest days of the year in the Hebrew calendar. So, more of your friends than you think are celebrating. Starting on September 20th this year, Rosh Hashanah is the perfect time to reflect on mistakes, and ask for forgiveness – which means it’s a great time to send an apology gift. If you’re not sure what to send, keep reading: This is your cheat sheet to the best Rosh Hashanah gifts you can send this season.

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International Gift Delivery Company is Always Growing

30 Aug

GiftBasketsOverseas.com makes its 5th appearance on the Inc. 500|5000 list, proving its growth isn’t slowing down.

Gourmet Gift Basket to USAARLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — GiftBasketsOverseas.com (GBO), is thrilled to announce it has made its 5th appearance on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America, ranking #4256 for 2017. To make it onto the list 5 times in a row is a rare feat, only achieved by less than a tenth of those who make the list.  In an already impressive list that has included international sensations like Microsoft and Vizio, being in the top tenth means that something truly great is happening inside of the company.

The company’s owner, Dmitiry Peregudov, stated “I’m thrilled that my company, and my team, are being recognized for all the hard work we’ve done this year. I work with some of the best and most dedicated people I could ask for, and this just proves it.”

GiftBasketsOverseas.com thrives on its business model that truly puts the customer first. As the company has grown, its personal attention to detail has remained a constant. “More automation could make us faster,” admits Mr Peregudov. “But when you’re dealing with gifts to loved ones, it feels better to know there’s a human right on the other side of your order. It’s what I would want for my family, so it’s what I feel I must give to my customers.”

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5 Tips To Make Your Eid al-Adha Gift Perfect

29 Aug

Eid al-Adha is one of the most popular Muslim festivals observed in the world. “Eid al-Adha” means “Festival of the Sacrifice,” it’s also known as the Greater Eid. The holiday is a holy time for prayer, sacrifice, generosity, and exchanging an Eid al-Adha gift or three with friends, family, and those in need.

During the celebration of Eid al-Adha (which starts on August 20th this year), Muslims commemorate and remember Prophet Abraham’s trials by slaughtering an animal (sheep, camel, or goat). Most of the meat is given away to friends and donated to the poor as an act of willingness to give up some bounties in life, to strengthen ties of friendship and help the needy.

But there are plenty of ways to share the bounty during Eid, and one of the most common is to send an Eid al-Adha gift. Need help with choosing one? The suggestions below will give you an idea of how to be generous during the Greater Eid.

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A Visual Guide to Japanese Customs & Culture

25 Aug

Japan (Nihon), the Land of the Rising Sun, is a country that seamlessly blends old traditions with modern ideals, booming industry with lush nature, and the logical with the supernatural. Whether you’re planning to travel to, need to send a gift to Japan for a celebration, or just want to learn about the culture, this guide will help you discover more about its vast history, mythologies, and holidays as you navigate your way on your far out journey to the Far East.

A Guide to Japanese Customs & Culture

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Cooking with Wine: 3 Easy Recipes to Impress Your Guests

17 Aug

Have you heard all the buzz about cooking with wine in your recipes? Yes, it’s true: wine and food is a match made in heaven. It is also true that as long as food and wine are carefully matched, they will complement one another in perfect harmony and bring your everyday cooking to a whole new level without any extra effort. To prove our point we’ve picked 3 delicious and amazingly easy recipes that will make you fall in love with the idea. Just remember, it is very important when cooking with wine, to use types that you would drink. While it is not necessary to use the most expensive wine, it is still essential to use good, flavorful wine. If not – then all those culinary benefits will be lost.

Cooking with wine: soak your pasta

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Dog House Blues: 7 Ways To Say I’m Sorry

03 Aug

As much as we hate to admit it, we all make mistakes. The part of a mistake that defines you is not the mistake itself, but how you learn and grow from it. The very first thing to do, is apologize. It sounds obvious, but often people hope that the damage will either go unnoticed or be ignored. There’s not real healing if you don’t own up to the mistakes you’ve made, and no real growth if you hope that those around you will be too polite to say anything.

So how do you go about apologizing and making amends? It may sound like a silly question but what makes your apology feel sincere is intent and effort. If you put no thought into it, are you really remorseful? Are you really considering the other person (or people) if you’re just trying to get things over with as quickly as possible?

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