Teaching English in Vietnam: Celebrating Tet - The Lunar New Year

"Chúc mừng năm mới!"

"Happy New Year" in Vietnamese and greetings on Tuesday - February 5, 2019 as the Vietnamese welcome the "Year of the pig!" Known as "Tet," the Vietnamese celebration of the New Year represents the most important annual holiday in Vietnamese culture, and is a certain highlight for those teaching English in Vietnam. Through trade, geographical proximity and invasion, Vietnam, like many nations in Asia, features strong cultural influences from China, and celebrates the New Year according to the same lunar calendar. While there are some parallels between the Vietnamese celebrations of Tet and Chinese Lunar New Year, the Vietnamese version is unique and distinct in many facets.

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate as an English Teacher in Mexico

The city of Puebla was the site of the 1862 battle that is celebrated on Cinco de Mayo

While Cinco de Mayo may not be the Mexican Independence Day most gringos think it to be, it is an important holiday that recognizes an enduring sense of Mexican and Mexican-American patriotism. May 5th, 1862 is remembered as the date of a famous victory over an army of better-equipped French soldiers in the Mexican state of Puebla. While working as an English teacher in Mexico, kick back and celebrate the triumph of Mexican forces against the French. Enjoy a delicious margarita or two and toast to yet another one of France's military misadventures.

10 International Celebrations & Festivals You Need On Your Bucket List!

By: Michael Kunik

One of the great things about teaching English abroad is that teachers live in close proximity to hundreds of regional/international festivals and cultural events that would be difficult and expensive to experience while living in their home countries.  

Here's 10 of the best cultural events to experience around the world in 2017 (note that dates will change year-to-year for some events)!  

Celebrate Carnival in Europe While Teaching English Abroad

During the first half of February 2018, Carnival celebrations have been taking place place throughout the world. Flamboyant costumes, larger-than-life parades and colorful street parties mark the arrival of a festive season that commemorates both the onset of Lent and an overturning of daily life.  One of the most famous celebrations is Carnival in Brazil but the Europeans are also known for their great celebrations and Europe is the birthplace of Carnival and many Carnival-related traditions.

Hanukkah Celebrations to Experience While Teaching English Abroad

How to celebrate Hanukkah around the world:

Celebrating the triumph of "light over the darkness, of purity over the adulteration and spirituality over materiality," the Festival of Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights beginning on the 25th day of Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November – December on the secular calendar. 

Top 13 Halloween Celebrations Around The World While Teaching English


The leaves have turned, the air is crisp and spooky jack-o-lanterns are popping up around the neighborhood, which means that Halloween is around the corner!  If you think that you would miss out on the fun while teaching English abroad, think again! Yes! Many countries around the globe celebrate Halloween, which is one of the world’s oldest holidays, dating back to pagan times. From costumes and “trick-or-treating” to delicious food and parties, you can celebrate Halloween anywhere in the world!

So where will you be celebrating Halloween next year?


Top 10 Valentine's Day Celebrations Around the World While Teaching English

One of the great benefits of teaching English abroad comes in the form of opportunities to celebrate holidays in foreign lands, and Valentine's Day is no different.

There are several stories about who Saint Valentines was: one dates to Roman times, another from the 17th century. In both cases the tradition can be traced to a priest who married young couples in secret.  Whatever the true story may be, love is a global phenomenon and Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world in fascinating and different ways. 

Learn how the "Day of Love" is celebrated in some of the great destinations for teaching English overseas.