May 1st is May Day, a holiday celebrating spring that goes back hundreds of years. To celebrate this day early colonists would create baskets full of flowers and treats, then place them on their neighbors doorstep. That sounds nice, but I would rather celebrate Lei Day.
Did you know that on the Hawaiian islands today is Lei Day? It is a day set aside to celebrate Hawaiian culture in general, and more specifically the culture of Native Hawaiians. The holiday was first celebrated in the 1920s, and was started by a local newspaper columnist Eric Kosciuszko. The first official Lei Day was celebrated in Honolulu in 1927.
I love all things Hawaii, and so today I am going to get Lei’d. I suggest you do as well ;).
I took quite a bit of time off from the blog recently to attend a work conference, and celebrate my twenty-seventh birthday. Why is it that life speeds up so much after high school? Before you turn twenty-one the days are endless, the weeks drag on, and summer vacation never seems to come. Now I blink, and I’m turning another year older. I can’t get used to saying one age, before it’s time to say another.
This year I decided to take a break from the Vegas celebrations of the past, and spend time with family. Besides my cousins and my brother, my best friends Marta, Naty and Vlad are my family; as well as, my boyfriend Chris. The group of us spent the weekend at the Disneyland Resort. I’m not ready to grow up and face 30, so a weekend at Disneyland was my way of protesting twenty-seven.
We stayed at the Disneyland hotel, and had a blast. We enjoyed drinks at the Tiki Room inspired Trader Sams, went down the monorail themed water slides several times, and sun bathed. For dinner we ate at Carthay Circle and The Story Teller’s Cafe located inside Disney’s Grand Californian hotel. The weekend was full of laughs, good food, and good people. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate getting older, than to celebrate that I’m still young at heart.
Here are some pictures from my weekend of celebrating.