The world over, people enjoy holiday celebrations. Americans who live around the world while working at U.S. embassies and consulates honor local traditions as well as their own.
Whether it is in an official capacity or not, participating in festivities is a time-honored way to understand diverse cultures.
At U.S. diplomatic posts and cultural institutions, ambassadors and other leaders often let staff members off work to mark local holidays. In some cases, they host receptions or other events. Here are examples we gathered at the end of 2019: