Final week I noticed a information clip from Hawaii asserting that Could 1 was Lei Day. Sure, there’s a day every year put aside to honor that lovely floral garland. Who amongst us has been fortunate sufficient to have the ability to go to Hawaii and never had a lei put round his or her neck. Who amongst us has not left Hawaii, carrying one, two or three leis, bought on the airport for our favourite folks again house solely to seek out, on arrival, that they had been crushed or pulled aside on the best way again. That has occurred to me every time I attempted to do it. And I do know if I ever get again to that lovely place, I’ll actually choose one up for a particular buddy.
Earlier than beginning to write this night, I took up my copy of “Chase’s Calendar of Occasions.” It’s up to date yearly and, my 2018 copy boasts almost 800 pages with 12,500, occasions. I didn’t know that that Could 1, every year, celebrates the beginnings of Nationwide Vinegar Month, Nationwide Motorbike Month and Nationwide Hamburger Month (Nationwide Scorching Canine Month is in June). Days celebrated on that someday, apart from the lei, embrace Could Day and Mom Goose Day. However I digress. Allow us to discuss Lei Day. After all, it’s primarily celebrated in Hawaii.
In its easiest type the lei is a garland of flowers strung on to a heavy string and offered to folks, hoping to have a memento for a cherished one, as they depart the isles after a beautiful trip.
However there may be way more to this image of Hawaii than that ring of purple flowers to be taken house to the mainland. There’s a fascinating historical past and quite a lot of symbolism, not just for Hawaii itself, however for every of the islands, which have their very own lore, favourite flowers and equipment. The flower that we most frequently see is an orchid, particularly the Vanda orchid. It’s a prolific producer and most vegetation, in contrast to different orchids that bloom solely a few times a 12 months, blooms all through the 12 months.
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