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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman In the United States, the union of two people in marriage is based on love. Two people who believe they have found a partner to share their life with exchange vows in either a religious or civil ceremony.  Marriages are not “arranged” in order to strengthen family business or influence. Old wedding tradition required that a prospective groom ask the bride’s father for his daughter’s hand in marriage.  While a young man and woman hope that both sets of parents will give their blessing to the union, today it is typical that a blessing will be asked out of courtesy but it is not required nor always sought. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

The American workplace is both casual and professional. It tends to be less formal than in many other countries, though each company will differ. People prefer to dress casually, keep flexible work schedules, and an informal atmosphere. Overall, Americans seek to do meaningful work and grow and develop as a person, to form social and supportive relationships with other people in the office (since the majority of their time is spent together there) and to receive a good salary. Employees are generally polite and helpful to those around them. Sometimes “who’s in charge” will not be obvious. Employees may call their boss by his or her first name. In many regions of the country, business dress is casual, even for management. However, the business relationship with one’s superiors is always respected. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

Contributed by Priyanka Khatri

The United States is “a melting pot” of cultures each with their own unique Marriage Customs and Traditions. There has been a set of Customs and Traditions generally accepted as common to Marriage in The United States unless the marriage is a Common Law Marriage. Dating is the accepted per-engagement practice between couples. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

American society is more informal than that of many other countries.  Likewise, there are fewer social conventions that magnify the social differences between people. Americans don’t expect as much from their friends as can be found in other cultures around the world. Men and women socialize relatively freely and develop a variety of relationships. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

The types of activities Americans pursue in their leisure time are as various as the people themselves, and for those who derive little satisfaction from their work, recreational activities can provide an important opportunity for personal fulfillment. Stress-relief, physical well-being, artistic satisfaction, deepening spirituality, and intellectual development are all motivating factors in Americans’ recreational choices. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman

The family structure in the United States was, until recently, a traditional patriarchal structure in which two parents worked together in carefully defined roles. They oversaw the education of their children, provided support, care and stability. The father of the past was a role model of good behavior and character. He typically worked outside the home and so the mother cared for the children. Read More 

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Published Friday, November 16, 18 | By PaulvHill

The culture of the United States of America is primarily of Western culture (European) origin and form, but is influenced by a multicultural ethos that includes AfricanNative AmericanAsianPolynesian, and Latin American people and their cultures. It also has its own social and cultural characteristics, such as dialectmusicartssocial habitscuisine, and folklore. The United States of Americais an ethnically and racially diverse country as a result of large-scale migration from many countries throughout its history. Many American cultural elements, especially from popular culture, have spread across the globe through modern mass media.

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