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Small Talk for the 4th of July Holiday

The 4th of July is a much awaited summer holiday. For many students mid May to Mid June starts summer vacation. During the summer vacation, many look forward to celebrating Independence Day, which falls on July 4. While many working professionals do get July 4th off, as it is a national and bank holiday, some […]

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Leave, PTO, Days Off, Holidays, Vacations in 2021

India & US Holiday Calendar 2020 (2019 holidays – USA — India) Need for this Calendar This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working on distributed, global teams with multiple offices in India or in the US. As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, […]

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Pioneer Day: A Holiday Unique to Utah

We moved to Utah on July 4, America’s Independence Day. We moved into our new apartment on Pioneer Day, July 24.   “Pioneer Day?” I wondered, “What’s that? I have never heard of it before!”  I heard there would be fireworks and a parade. We loved the 4th of July fireworks show we saw from […]

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Things to do on Presidents Day

Maybe as Presidents Day approaches, people at work ask each other, “Doing anything fun for Presidents Day?” Actually, that question sounds a little funny to me, as when growing up in Central New York, I doubt anyone used to say that. I never heard it anyhow. But, it seems to be a growing trend now […]

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Small Talk Conversation Starters: Halloween

Trying to identify the right small talk conversation starters for Halloween is made easy with the wide range of ideas in this post. The small talk conversation starters in this post can be used at the water cooler, in the break room or over lunch to make small talk about Halloween, which falls on October 31 […]

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Presidents Day – A February Holiday

This “floating Monday” holiday, which falls on the third Monday of February, is officially known as Washington’s Birthday. However, as Washington’s Birthday (February 22) and Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12) fall close to each other, these two days were combined into one holiday colloquially known as ‘Presidents Day.’ Presidents Day is both a federal holiday, and […]

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Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a well-known festival in the US. Mardi Gras is a traditional holiday celebrated across many Christian cultures and in the southern regions of the United States. It is particularly famous in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. The festivities include elaborate and colorful parades, family picnics, costumes, music, and […]

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Veterans Day: A Patriotic Day in the US

Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor US veterans and victims of all wars. It replaced Armistice Day in 1954. How does Veterans Day impact global teams? Let’s see.    What is Veterans Day?  This short video made by the History […]

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Dads and Grads – What & When Is It?

Many may say the term “dads and grads” is a marketing gimmick. And, maybe it is, but let’s look at why you may hear this term in relation to special occasions and observances in U.S. What is Dads & Grads? What does Dads & Grads mean?  Dads refers to Father’s Day. Grads refers to graduates […]

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What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Martin Luther King Jr. day falls on the third Monday of every January (In 2020 – January 20). Meant to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s (here after, MLK) birthday, it’s a day to observe the ideals of MLK including interracial harmony, non-violence, and civil rights. (Ironically, due to this, “Civil Rights Day” is another name […]

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