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Did you know that there are two holidays today? Today is May Day and Lei Day. Let’s start with May Day. May Day has numerous meanings. In Europe it is called Workers’ Day and it commemorates the struggles and gains made by workers and the labour movement. In the United States it is a day to celebrate the beginning of Summer (not me, the season 😊). And in Hawaii it is Lei Day, where they say, “May Day is Lei Day.” Lei Day is a statewide celebration of Hawaiian tradition and flowers. Each Hawaiian Island has a different type of flower lei for its people to wear in the celebration and there are numerous festivities islanders and tourists can partake in.
So, show us your shaka’s and share with us what holiday you will be celebrating today and what you will do to celebrate!
Happy May Day! (or is it Lei day?)
Now I know when I need to visit Hawaii! :D
That sounds like a lot of fun.
@Kimberly Deal _Columbus ACE_ I totally recommend a visit to Hawaii! I absolutely love Hawaii and there are so many things you can do there. I especially love the blue water!
Thank you for the insight on Lei Day. I celebrated May Day as a child in elementary school. I need to celebrate today with planting some flowers.
I can't wait to visit Hawaii some day! It's definitely not feeling like the beginning of summer here in Wisconsin today - a bit of snow this morning and it feels like about 30 degrees F. 😅 Not celebrating in any way, but I did remember to wish my team a Happy May Day on standup! 🌸
A visit to Hawaii is a must for sure @Amanda Barber! My sister used to live in Wisconsin and said she felt like the winter never ends!
I definitely agree with her. We tend to get little glimpses of spring here and there and then - BAM! - it's summer. It was in the 80s a couple of weeks ago, but then it dipped back down quite drastically.
Wow, May day, Lei day, and my brother's birthday - triple threat! =^)
Not celebrating either. However the mention of the shaka sign (which looks like a "call me" sign) reminded me of a hilarious video put out by Orica Greenedge Cycling Team in 2013 as a spoof on Call Me Maybe. During the Vuelta A Espana that year one of their team members took the polka dot leaders jersey and did the sign from the podium!
They're an Australian based cycling team and I loved watching them compete. Maybe there is some sort of Australian bias in my blood with this whole Atlassian love affair...
Anyway, @Summer_Hogan thanks for sparking that memory. I watched the video again today and just as funny for me now as 10 years ago. And yes, I will call you soon... maybe.
Many of my friends and associates have off in Europe today!
Though I hear some folks are being paid overtime/doubletime to work today. 🤣
That's awesome! I wish we had a day off in the US today!
Same! I guess we've got Labor Day! 🙃
Super interesting. I was only familiar with the workers-rights connection. Thanks for the intel!
May Day will now forever be Lei Day, the day I celebrate the contribution of @Summer_Hogan to this wonderful community! 🌼🌸🌺🌻
Apart from that, I spent the extra long weekend (PTO last Friday and Labour Day in Belgium on Monday) at a concert of dark rock band Mono Inc. in Cologne, Germany and a city trip to the Dutch cities Delft and Den Haag.
Now that I work for a French company, it was my first day of work there and May Day all at the same time! Lei Day was new to me, also. But I love the flowers and the gift of leis when visiting the islands.
Me too @John Funk! I also love all the flowers in Hawaii! I typically have a whole folder full of pics of just plants, trees, and flowers after a trip.
Great post @Summer_Hogan! This is definitely in the spirit of Misc. Monday! Sharing facts we may otherwise not have been aware of.
I love these pieces of holidays here and there, mostly because I adopted the habit of working while everyone is off and then being off when... yeah when everyone is working 😅
Not a bad approach @Teodora _Old Street Solutions_; that way you can go do things without all the crowds on the holidays!
I'm just glad most of the snow has finally melted and the grass is greening up. So I guess I'm all for the beginning of summer.
@Summer_Hogan thanks for sharing I learned something new today. When I read the first lines of your blog – I had flashbacks to the 90's & 00's and the mega Techno festival "Mayday" This was super famous in Germany, Polen, Hungary, and Russia. Holidays and music - are a great fit.
We are having today a corporate-wide Feels Like Summer festival - even though the temperature is now +3 °C here in Helsinki :)
May day, yes first day of summer for a very long time. Now the fist cold days of winter.
My birthday month woo hoo.
Wait I stopped having birthdays. AM am just fine with this age :D