Houston is considered to be a melting pot, reflective of many international cultures and customs. It hosts many international festivals and cultural exhibitions, often held in downtown.

Some of the popular events are the Galveston Mardi Gras and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The weeks during the Rodeo are transform Houston into a town that reminds you that it is located in Texas. People dress western, stores display western art and TV and newspapers report on the event extensively on a daily basis.

Houston is a city with many faces and traditions but has some very specific habits and do’s and dont’s that make it the city what it is. Friendliness, openness and courtesy are definitely a big trademark of Houston with a touch of Texas flair.

Houston also closely follows the national schedule for holidays which dictate local government closures that also most banks and some companies observe. During specific holidays, some events may be held.