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Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

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Celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month

Since 1991, Americans have marked each March as Irish-American Heritage Month. This month gives Irish-Americans an opportunity both to celebrate the contributions they have made to the United States, and to reflect on the struggles faced by generations of Irish immigrants who made the long journey from Ireland to the new shores of the United […]

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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

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Presidents’ Day: A Centuries-Old Tradition

Americans will celebrate Presidents’ Day on February 20. The day will bring sales at retail stores, war re-enactments, and a variety of other ceremonies.  However, it is an important time to reflect back on the initial intent of this long-standing federal holiday. Presidents Day was originally celebrated on February 22, the birthday of America’s first […]

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How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

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How the United States of America Inaugurates its Presidents

The 45th President of the United States will be installed Friday, January 20, 2017 during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.  The ceremonies and activities associated with the inauguration of a new president are a celebration of our democracy and an important part of the peaceful transition of power. The start of a president’s term in office […]

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How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

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How the Change in Administration Will Impact the Exchange Visitor Program

Exchange visitors already in the U.S., as well as those arriving in the New Year, may be wondering what the election results and upcoming change in administration means to them. Immigration was a prominent topic during the presidential campaign, and President-elect Donald Trump said some pretty harsh things. He also made campaign promises aimed at […]

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

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Celebrating Labor Day and the End of Summer

This national holiday provides families a time to wrap up their summer adventures in preparation for a new school year, workers to take a brief break after the summer work activities and preparations for fall, and individuals to fit in one last vacation before buckling down for fewer hours of sunshine and cooler weather. Want […]

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

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Watching the Olympics Far From Home

The 2016 Summer Olympics provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate amazing athletes from around the globe and sit in awe of their accomplishments. The Olympics promote good relations and amiable competition among countries around the world, and date back more than 3,000 years to ancient Greece. Since those first games, the worldwide event […]

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J-Day: Eat. Play. Give.

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J-Day: Eat. Play. Give.

Every year, cultural exchange sponsor organizations all over the United States plan an events to celebrate the power and impact of the international exchange visitor program and also to give back to local communities where exchange visitors are being hosted. This day is known as J-Day, and the Alliance for International Exchange provides resources to […]

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Have You Experienced Culture Shock? This Theory May Explain Why

Filed in American Culture by on July 19, 2016 0 Comments
Have You Experienced Culture Shock? This Theory May Explain Why

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a new sojourner throwing yourself into the wide world of international experiences, it is likely that now or in the past you have experienced symptoms of cultural adjustment. This may include a general euphoria when you’ve arrived at your international destination that may dissolve into moments of confusion about […]

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Graduation Traditions in the U.S.

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Graduation Traditions in the U.S.

May and June bring a flurry of graduation celebrations across America. Both high school and college seniors mark the end of their studies at commencement ceremonies. Spring commencement is a time to celebrate with family and friends who travel to their graduates’ university to attend a formal ceremony and watch their son, daughter, brother, sister, […]

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What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

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What Does Mother’s Day Mean to You?

Mother’s Day is a special day each year where we can honor and celebrate our mothers, as well as other influential mother-like figures in our lives, for the strong and wonderful people that they are. In the United States, it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It is a day to recognize and […]

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