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Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Chocolate, champagne, and PDA all around! Valentine's day is here!

Whether you take this day to be with your significant other, or your friends and family, it's one of the greatest days of the year.
Also known as Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, February 14th has been a special day for many years. Way back when in the 18th Century, the day was first associated with love, through the new-found tradition of courtly love. Courtly love, for those of us that may not know, is the practice of showing your love for someone, by presenting flowers, greeting cards, and confectionery (sound familiar?).


But let's move past the boring history of what we now know as the overly hallmark-esque holiday that Valentine's Day is. The toughest thing to look for on the days leading up to V Day (besides a boyfriend or a girlfriend), is what to do. Yes, there's always the traditional dinner and a movie. But would you peg me as a traditional kind of girl? Yeah, didn't think so. Luckily for you (probably not so luckily for my boyfriend), I've found some cool things to do in Boston, not only on the 14th, but the days leading up to it as well. If this gets your significant other to buy some extra gifts for you, then you're welcome.

Cooking Demo at Pantry: Valentine's Day Survival: February 6th, 2:30-3:30pm. Free.

Are you one of those people that steps into the kitchen, and your partner suddenly shudders? Do you burn corn flakes? I've found the event for you. Surprise your fearful partner by taking cooking classes this upcoming weekend! It's free, so you have absolutely nothing to lose. Between tasting some passion fruit & mascarpone mousse, while sipping on some rightfully paired wines, you'll be learning to make Glazed Hanger Steak with melted leeks and harissa-carrot salad. Even vegetarians and vegans will be running to take this class. Register now!

Elusive Cupid Valentine's Day Run: February 14th, 9-10am. Free.

For those of us that can't get enough work outs in, and won't even take Valentine's Day off, here's an activity for you. Starting at 9am, you'll join Mizuno's rep Katie on a 3 mile run through Chestnut Hill. I know on Valentine's Day you should be allowed to eat all the chocolate you want, so don't worry. True Runner, the athletics store located on Boylston on Chestnut Hill, will be serving breakfast and refreshments once you're back. 3 miles couldn't end soon enough, am I right? Get your blood pumping here.

Valentine's Day Makeup Class: February 11th, 6pm. $35.

Shout out to all my makeup fanatics! The class is Valentine's Day themed, but honestly why not just take it for fun? The owner of the M.A.W. Beauty Hair & Makeup Studio will be demonstrating two Valentine's Day inspired looks: one, a bright, clean eye with a bold lip, and the second a smoky eye. If you ask me, you won't just be using these on V Day, so go for it. Test out your contouring skills here.

Gluten-Free Valentine's Day Desserts: February 5th, 6-7pm. $15.

Unless you have Celiac Disease, you really shouldn't be eating anything that's gluten-free; but there's one exception. When Whole Foods is putting on a class, with poached pears, chocolate soufflés, and madeleines on the menu, go all sorts of gluten-free. With wine samples included during the one hour class, you'll be sure to expand your gluten-free recipe box from flourless chocolate cake, to so much else. Don't be afraid, test your inner Julia Child.

You may refer to February 14th as Valentine's Day, or as Single Awareness Day - whatever you call it, there are so many things to keep you busy. Break out of the boring old dinner and a movie, and whip out your makeup brushes and whisks. You know what they say: YOLO.

Japanese Culture Tips from our Japanese Homestay Coordinator

Global Immersions - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Since I started working here at Global Immersions, Inc., I have encountered several cases when our host families told us their experiences hosting Japanese visitors and shared comments with us like “they were nice, but very quiet” or “they seemed shy, so I’m not sure if they wanted to be engaged.” As a Homestay Coordinator who was born and raised in Japan, and has lived in two other countries, New Zealand and the U.S., here are some insights you should know to understand the Japanese visitors better.

Those who have hosted Japanese visitors before might have wondered at least once: why they seem to be so quiet, shy, and even look like they are uncomfortable having conversation with you? It can be commonly said that Japanese students tend to be a little more reserved than students from other parts of the world. This partially depends on the English language skills of each individual student, and also on their personalities. However, for Japanese students, there are several important cultural factors that make them seem reserved. In my own experiences, when I stayed at the Homestay for a year in New Zealand, I have been asked for countless times why I was being so shy, even though I would not describe myself as a shy or quiet person. On behalf of all Japanese students in Boston who have experienced the same situation, here is some explanations why.

They do not like questions like “why are you so shy?”

            First of all, being modest is one of the most respected virtues for Japanese people. Having a modest and humble personality, or even showing yourself as a humble person, is broadly considered as a positive behavior. This culture is believed to have been deep-rooted among people during the Japan’s Shogunate Era (1192 - 1867) due to the reinforced hierarchical society. Absolutely nobody could be seen as more important than the Shogun and everybody always showed him respect, and civilians and farmers were nothing more than the samurais. This social hierarchy, however, did not have a direct relationship with political or social oppressions, but what was prioritized in the society was the exchange of goods between peasants and the local lords, and the local lords and the Shogun. In this give-and-take system, impudent and arrogant peasants were considered to be the ones not appreciating what they get and not showing enough respects to the Shogun. Being called an arrogant person is such a disgrace and shame for Japanese people back then and still now. So, showing modesty and not speaking too much about matters is just their way of respecting you by listening to what you have to say, and avoiding any misunderstandings with you by misleadingly speak of something. To conclude, the reason why being modest is considered as a virtue in Japan is simply because having an arrogance is not socially acceptable for anyone.

           

Is it considered as a good thing to stand out?

            Another important virtue for Japanese people to have, which may contribute to look themselves reserved, is the ability to coordinate with others, and maintaining the harmony in a group. This sounds like a pretty positive virtue to have; however, many of the western societies where individualism and competitiveness are the keys to success question this Japanese social ethic. If someone says to you “you are outstanding” it always means a positive way in the U.S. for example; however, in Japan “standing out” from everyone else is usually considered as unacceptable behavior. There is a common saying in Japan that reads “Deru kui wa utareru” meaning that “the stake that sticks out gets hammered down”. This literally shows how the society does not accept anybody who tries to be better than anyone else. Although this culture has slowly been drifting away, I still see the tendency that those who value the social harmony would be more successful than those who value in the individual skills. Also there is a similar phrase “Kuki wo yomu (to read the air)” which is commonly used in Japan. They use this phrase in occasions when there is one who is doing something different from others in a group or is thinking about a matter in a wrong direction. Feeling content for doing the same thing as others and trying to be at the same level with others might not be considered as a positive moral in the U.S. society. But in Japan, by doing those people maintain the harmony with others at schools, at companies, at any parts of the society.

         

I am not saying that Japanese people should not be called quiet, shy or reserved, because I do agree that a lot more people have those personalities in Japan compared to other societies in the world. But I believe understanding the background of why they tend to have such characteristics will make your hosting experiences much better.

Here are a couple of extra insights about Japanese culture that are important when hosting.

What is “wabi-sabi”? :

            Wabi-sabi is a key concept in the Japanese tradition and culture that means the spirit of finding happiness and feeling content for the minimal amount of things you possess (wabi) and seeing the beauty in the simplicity of objects or of the universe, and staying away from extravagance (sabi). The traditional rooms for “Tea Ceremony” or Cha-shitsu are always kept without any luxurious decorations and silent except the sound of nature, and this stems from the culture of wabi-sabi.


Tradition of giving gifts and “returns”:

            In many cultures sending gifts and presents is very common among families, relatives and friends. This culture is also typical in Japan and there are two seasons where we send gifts to those whom we have a close relationship.  Ochugen and Oseibo are celebrated in mid-August and in December respectively. Once you have received a gift from someone it is considered polite and morally right to send something back in return. This is called Okaeshi, and this word literally means returns, but implies the return of appreciation. It is common to keep the wrapping paper from a gift received, not to use it again, but because the wrapping paper is considered part of the gift. This explains why Japanese visitors open gifts so carefully and try not to tear them.


            In conclusion, Japanese culture and traditions are built after hundreds of years upon the concept of respecting others by demonstrating their humbleness. They try not to stand out in the crowd of people to maintain the harmony with others. Keeping silent when you are having conversations with them is their way to respect you by listening carefully to what you are talking about, and being shy when they are asked or offered to do something ultimately stems from the culture of respect and humbleness.

            Obviously there are more characteristics to what makes Japanese culture so unique, so if you are curious, you can click here to learn more: . Also, if you are curious about Japanese modern pop culture (anime, manga, J-pop etc.), click here to the “Cool Japan” program, which is the culture promotion initiative sponsored by The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry:. Also the link to the government website.

 

Explore Boston: Fall Restaurant Openings!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, November 04, 2015

The temperatures in Boston might be dropping, but the restaurant scene seems to be sizzling up this fall! There are lots of restaurants that have either opened or are slated to open later on this month, and unsurprisingly there will be a lot of experienced chefs at the helm. We know a lot of you are big foodies just like us at Global Immersions, and we would like to use this blog to highlight a couple of the highly anticipated openings around the Massachusetts area!

The first restaurant on our list, which actually just opened up, is called Coppersmith and it is located on 40 West Third Street, Boston. The concept is especially interesting, as it is located inside a massive open space which will consist of a restaurant, two food trucks parked inside, a rooftop raw bar, and a cafe! The executive chef is Chris Henry, which promises that the dish will have "exceptional seasonal ingredients, a focus on flavor, and easy to understand dishes". If you are in a hurry, the food trucks will serve up quick but delicious food to go, and if you just want to get a coffee there will be lots of different option at the cafe! Sounds exciting indeed.

Next up is the famous Wahlburgers, which was originally set up by the Wahlberg brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul. Although there is one already located in Hingham, the brothers seem focused on making this place a huge chain across the country. Anyways, there is some great news for people in the Boston area who have been wanting to try this place out, as the Fenway location opened on October 2nd to great fanfare! The location of the restaurant is 132 Brookline Avenue, Fenway, so make sure the next time you are craving a burger to check this place out!

Any fans of Southeast Asian cuisine will be delighted to hear that there will be a new restaurant called Tiger Mama opening in early December, 2015. What makes this news more exciting is that it will be led by Tiffani Faison, who is the chef of Sweet Cheeks, a great BBQ restaurant located in the Fenway area. Tiger Mama will also be conveniently located down the street from Sweet Cheeks, and it will feature two bars along with the restaurant. Personally, we believe that Southeast Asian cuisine offers some of the best dishes and we are getting hungry thinking of the different types of dishes that Tiger Mama will serve up!

Moving along, the next restaurant on our list is named Sfizi, which opened on October 15th and it is located on 135 Richmond Street, North End. This restaurant will be led by none other than Frank DePasquale, who is responsible for the success of multiple Italian restaurants in the North End. Sfizi will be influenced by Mediterranean dishes and set up tapas style, with the menu consisting of only small plates and a very few selection of entrees that will change weekly.

Do you know any recently opened restaurants or are you eagerly waiting for one to open? Let us know! 

Leaf Peeping and Fall Foliage!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, October 01, 2015
The apple cider is out, the kids are back in school, you've got your favorite sweater on, fall in New England has officially started! Luckily for New England residents, the month of October is the perfect time to cruise around the different towns of New England to admire the beautiful scenery it has to offer. More specifically, the orange, red, and gold colored leaves of autumn in parts of New England attract tons of visitors from all over the world, and generally, these leaves peak around Columbus Day weekend! Below are tons of suggestions on the best places to go  leaf peeking in New England and some tips on how to get there! 


First on our list is the famous Mohawk Trail, considered one of the most beautiful drives in the state of Massachusetts. You will start off at Route 2 in North Adams and continue on it until Greenfield or even Boston. Although it is curvy and mountainous, navigating it is relatively easy and there are several stops to enjoy the vista, such as Mount Greylock, the Green Mountains, and Hoosac Valley. As you continue along, you will coast through small beautiful Western MA towns, such as Shelburne Falls before continuing through to the Berkshires. As you drive along this trail, you will have no shortage of places to stop and take photos of the scenery and the foliage! 

Another amazing route to take for the fall foliage is The Old King's Highway, located on Route 6A in Cape Cod. Although it's a narrow road, it is absolutely teeming with historical sites, antique stores, and art galleries and you will surely be wrapped up in the magnificent foliage surrounding you. Not only is it a relaxing drive compared to the rest of the routes available near Cape Cod, you will be driving through historic villages such as Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, and Brewster!  Most of the homes and churches are shaded by lots of trees which is the perfect scenic vista during your drive, so make sure you relax, stop, and take lots of photos!


Before moving on with more scenic routes and places you can go to, there are lots of resources available you can use to your advantage to make sure you catch the best fall foliage and leaf peeping times possible. In New England, the temperature and moisture differs every year, so don't be too worried if you miss out on some places as you can always look at other parts in the region which is guaranteed to be just as good! Check out this interactive map to see how the color of the leaves change in New England, and as the map changes the calendar will also change to show you the approximate peak dates for the different regions of New England. 

If driving around New England is not a possibility for you, don't fret! First off, just because Boston is a city it does not mean that it's less beautiful in the fall compared to the suburbs! Rather than spending the time and money to try and drive around crowded highways, here are some places you can go right in the heart of the city without ever leaving it! Firstly, do not miss out on going to the Boston Public Gardens located in the Boston Commons during the fall months, the color of the trees are spectacular. The nearest T station is Arlington on the Green Line, and of course admission is free! Marvel at the shifting tapestry of trees and shrubs that surround this quaint little area in the heart of Boston. 

Next up on the list is the Charles River Esplanade, which is the long stretch of pathway along the Charles River, near Beacon Hill and Back Bay. During the month of October, the esplanade turns into a paradise of gold and orange, as the Boston fall foliage reaches its peak. As soon as you enter this area along the Charles, feel free to walk, jog, bicycle, or even sit by the many piers available, which will surely make you feel like you have escaped the city. 


Another place where the fall foliage is in full view is Mount Auburn Cemetery, located about 2 miles west of Boston, in Cambridge. Don't be put off by the fact that it is a cemetery, as there are over 5,000 trees representing 630 species, making it one of the best places to admire the Boston fall foliage! Mount Auburn is known as America's first garden cemetery and it certainly does not disappoint. Filled with hills, ponds, woodlands, and dells, there are plenty of spots to relax and view the colorful vistas of trees. 

Let us know your favorite place to go during the fall!

Explore Boston: Water Fountains and Staying Cool!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You know summertime is in full swing when there's an abundance of children excitedly running through water fountains! Although us New Englanders are dealing with less than ideal weather throughout the year, we also know how to party when the suns out in the summer, and what better way to cool down from the heat than spending a couple hours running around water parks or relaxing at the beaches? Luckily for us, Boston and Massachusetts have a wide range of places to choose from, so in this blog, we have compiled a list of places where you, your family, and your visitors can all go to soak in this beautiful Boston weather! (Bonus: They're all FREE!)

First on the list is the Splash Fountain at the Christian Science Plaza. One of the major reasons why this place is so popular is the close proximity of the Prudential Center (one of Boston's main malls), as well as the easy accessibility. Furthermore, it was renovated in 2005 specifically to include a new splash pool area and a evening lighting system, meaning that the fountain stays open from 9 a.m. all the way up until 9 p.m. every day! This place is guaranteed to have a good amount of people everyday during the summer, and another major bonus is that you can always go for the free movie event at the Prudential Center after some water fun! 

Next up on our list is the hugely popular Beaver Brook Spray Deck and Playground, located in Belmont! This place is suitable for all ages as there are swings, slides, and climbing structures for toddlers, the 'Spray Pool' where water sprays out of boulders and vents for older kids, lots of green space with picnic tables and softball/baseball areas for the older folk! It is open daily until September 1st from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tip: Have little one wear comfortable water shoes as it gets slippery, try and get there early to guarantee parking, and always practice sun safety by applying sunscreen regularly!

Another prime location for the younger ones is the Artesani Playground Spray Deck and Wading Pool, located in Brighton near the Charles River. Although this park is smaller in comparison to the others, it is well maintained and has a nice spray deck and wading pool for people to cool off and enjoy the sunshine! The spray deck and wading pool is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Check the link for more information! 

Looking for more places to take your family and visitors to play in the water fountains and parks? Check out Rose Kennedy Greenway, where there are new fewer than 7 water park areas in places such as the North End, Chinatown, and the Wharf District! These places are more suitable for all ages, and is sure to be a blast for the whole family! 

We hope this list helps you to give an idea of the different places you can take your family to have a cool, chill day! We would love to hear what you think! 


Diversity in Boston

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, June 04, 2015

Here at Global Immersions, we frequently discuss with incoming students what it means to stay with an American Homestay family in Boston. What a lot of people might not realize is that over 46 million people who live in the United States were actually born in other countries! In large cities like Boston, the population tends to be even more diverse, therefore Global Immersions hosts are made up of a wide variety of nationalities. We feel that visitors who participate in our programs are fortunate to have hosts that not only allow them to experience US culture, but the culture of their home countries as well! It truly is an experience that allows you to travel the world without ever leaving home. Below, you can find suggestion on how to incorporate your visitor in your daily life, ensuring that both the host and visitor can have an unforgettable learning experience! 

Something we like to reiterate to our hosts is that involving your students doesn't have to be expensive or time consuming! Inviting them to a family barbecue, a local pool, or even the grocery store is a great way to introduce your visitors to US culture. Holidays, birthdays, and other family gatherings are also wonderful cultural experiences. Always keep in mind that while something may seem uninteresting and normal for you could be completely different for them! 

Since so many of our hosts are from a wide variety of different countries, they speak many different languages! As you may know, Global Immersions has a strict policy when it comes to placing students in a home where their native language is spoken. At the same time, it is important to remember not to speak your native language with your family and friends around your visitor, as this can make them extremely uncomfortable. You could instead teach them a few words of your native language as a way to introduce them to another culture. Also, don't forget to help them with their English, the main reason for their stay in Boston! 

At the end of the day, being a good host has nothing to do with where you're from or the money you spend, it's all about the experience you provide and the connections you make. We certainly appreciate all of the hard work our hosts put in to making the home stay experience meaningful and comfortable for all of our visitors. What is the most valuable thing you have learned from hosting an international visitor? Let us know! 

Passover Traditions

Global Immersions Recruiting - Thursday, April 02, 2015

This year, Passover begins April 3 and ends on April 11. Passover is a celebration that commemorates the Jewish peoples' liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. According to standard biblical chronology, this event would have taken place at about 130 BCE. The holiday lasts for about 7 or 8 days.

Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder which is a big feast. Seder customs include telling the  story, discussing the story, drinking four cups of wine, and eating matzo. Some of the traditional foods you will find on the Passover Seder Plate are charoset, karpas, z'roa, and beitzah

Passover is an excellent time to show your visitor some new traditions! There are many elements to the Seder, including the breaking of the matzo, the telling of the story, the multiple washings, and blessings over particular elements of the Passover Seder Plate. Learn more about these steps here

If you would like to participate in a public Passover Seder in the Boston area, you can find a list here. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about this ancient Jewish holiday, or celebrate your heritage with a new friend! Let us know how you like to celebrate Passover! 

Easter Activities!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Easter is on April 5th this year, and spring is just around the corner! There are so many fun Easter activities you can do with your visitor to get into the spirit of spring. Don’t forget to send us your photos if you decide to try any of these fun activities!

First up: decorations! The classic Easter and spring themed decoration is of course the Easter egg. Traditionally, the Easter egg is decorated with colored dyes. Now, there are so many ways you can decorate this symbolic food. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out natural egg dyes from foods you can find in your local grocery store. Beets, purple cabbage, and turmeric combined with white vinegar make for some rich colors which look absolutely beautiful! To get fun designs, try wrapping a rubber band around the egg before dipping it to get some fun stripes, or use water color paints to design your own. For more ideas, click here.

If you're looking to get out this Easter, there are a lot of Easter egg hunts around Boston ! The North End has a five day Easter egg hunt around the whole area. There are 10 eggs, each of which contains fun prizes and gift cards! This is a wonderful way to get involved with your visitor and teach them about this fun spring holiday. So keep your eyes peeled and good luck!

For some non-traditional ways to celebrate Easter, you can find all kinds of events this spring. Beginning this week is the Revere Spring Carnival. On Good Friday, tickets are sold at a discount, and you can ride unlimited rides for 4 hours! There are all kinds of vendors and rides you can enjoy. It’s a classic U.S. carnival setting and a great way to have fun with your visitor. Another non-traditional activity is the Great Banana Hunt! Head over to Harvard Square and hunt for bananas in the Curious George store!

Lastly, you can always pick up some of the fun candy that is offered in stores during this time of year to share with your visitor! Jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and cream eggs are just a few of the classic candies that are special for Easter. And don't be afraid to really stock up! It's reported that Americans will spend about $2.2 billion on candy this Easter! Wow! 

Global Immersions hopes you have a fun Easter weekend spent with loved ones and your visitor! How do you like to celebrate this Spring holiday? Let us know! 

Saint Patrick's Day!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Monday, March 09, 2015

In Boston, Saint Patrick’s Day is a very popular holiday. Since Massachusetts is the nation’s most Irish state, it would make sense that Boston had one of the top celebrations. This year, on Sunday, March 15 all of the people of Boston will crowd into South Boston to watch the big parade in their emerald green outfits! The parade is an excellent opportunity for hosts to show their students what Boston life is all about! But before you go, here's a little bit of background on this green holiday. 

Saint Patrick's day occurs every 17th of March, which is the death date of the most recognized patron saint in Ireland, Saint Patrick. This holiday began hundreds of years ago in the 17th century, and is a feast day that commemorates Christianity in Ireland. For those of you who participate in lent, the Lenten restrictions are lifted on this day! But why is he celebrated? Well, from what we know, Patrick converted the pagan Irish to Christianity. Tradition holds that he died on March 17, and centuries later he is still Ireland's foremost saint.

As we all know, Saint Patrick's day is customary to wearing emerald green and shamrocks. The reason for this being, when Saint Patrick described the holy trinity to the pagan Irish, he used a shamrock. The color green is not a new association with Ireland, as it's been a symbolic color since the 16th century. 

 

Saint Patrick's day, though not a national holiday, is celebrated widely throughout the United States. In fact, the only county that recognizes Saint Patrick's day as a legal holiday is Boston's own Suffolk County! Boston, however, celebrates Saint Patrick's day not only for the traditional meaning behind the holiday, but another reason as well. During the Revolutionary War, on March 17, 1776, the British soldiers saw a line of 55 American cannons at Dorchester Heights, and left Boston. The password for safe passage through the lines at that time was "Saint Patrick." 

There are so many ways and reasons to celebrate Saint Patrick's day this season, and what better way to do so than enjoying it with your visitor?! Make sure they're wearing green, and head out the weekend of March 14 to enjoy all kinds of Irish festivities.

What is your favorite way to celebrate this lucky holiday? Let us know

Preparations for Chinese New Year!

Global Immersions Recruiting - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

新年快乐! 恭喜发财!

Chinese New Year is on February 19 and we are all excited to celebrate! At our host event in January, Nick, our Asian Cultural Consultant, discussed with us some facts about this unique holiday and taught the hosts how to even write Happy New Year in Chinese! 

Before the big celebration, you need to prepare! Traditional preparations for the holiday include cleaning the house from top to bottom to get rid of all the bad luck that has gathered in your home during the previous year. However, after the New Year comes, you cannot sweep for the first few days or else you will sweep the new luck away!

After you have cleaned your house, it is time to decorate! If you walk into Chinatown during the week of Chinese New Year, you will see hundreds of red banners hanging around the buildings. These banners symbolize good luck and fortune in the New Year. These banners are red and gold, which are lucky colors for the Chinese. Red symbolizes vitality of life and happiness, and gold symbolizes wealth and prosperity.



You can not have a proper celebration without food. On New Year’s Day, the families come together to celebrate and everything must be ready for this important feast! Food must be prepared ahead of time, as one of the popular Chinese superstition dictates that all knives must be put away. Using a knife during the first days of the New Year “cuts off” all of the good luck for the coming year. The New Year’s feast takes many days to prepare, and food for the next couple of weeks has to be plentiful as there will be hoards of visiting relatives and friends.



The last preparation you need to make before the celebration is paying respects to ancestors. The Chinese people bring offerings of food and incense to please the spirits of the deceased so that they might bring good luck.


Now that the preparations are done, the New Year’s festivities can begin! Talk to your visitor about how they celebrate their new year and what traditions they uphold. We’re sure they could teach you a thing or two! Check out Boston’s Chinatown to join in on all of the festivities that will be taking place here in Boston.

 

                                        大吉大利! 喜气洋洋!

Global Immersions has host events quarterly so they can learn about new cultures and traditions to better understand their visitors. Want more information about our programs, or have any cultural traditions you want to learn about? Contact us to share your ideas! 


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