Monthly Archives: May 2019

May the 4th be with You – Star Wars Crafts and Activities

My boys love Star Wars, they have been Star Wars characters for Halloween, and the younger one has had a Star War themed Birthday party.

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With today being the annual May the Fourth Be With You day, I thought of sharing some of my favorite May the Fourth activities for kids. There are loads of fun stuff for every age including Origami, Bookmarks, Masks, Obleek, Coloring pages, and more!

But, before that a bit of history.

How did it all start?

The date was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase “May the force be with you” as “May the Fourth be with you”.

As described by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of  The Empire Strikes Back  for Lucasfilm:

Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

What started as pun has now become a full-fledged Star Wars semi-holiday, Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away.

The best thing about May the Fourth is, wherever you are in the world, there’s an opportunity to get involved. And incase, you do not want to step out or need ideas for a Star War themed party, here are a few: Continue reading

Lei Day in Hawaii – What is it about?

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Lei Day – picture source hawaii home

Did you know today, May 1st, is celebrated as Lei Day in Hawaii? No one in this household did!

I read about it being Lei day today on the internet, and got my boys to search about what it meant. And within minutes, they came back with some facts.

So just in case, you are like me, and want to know more about it, here are a few facts.

History of Lei

Leis are one of the most recognizable symbols of Hawaii.

The lei custom was introduced to the islands by the early Polynesian travelers. Wearing these was way of distinguishing oneself from the others. They made these lei not just with Orchids, Plumeria and other blooms but also with the available shells, bones, seeds, leaves and feathers. Use of nuts in the lei was restricted to the royalty.

Today, lei embodies the spirit of aloha — a welcoming embrace that comes with a colorful garland of fresh flowers. Lei are also worn important occasions like births, deaths, victories, religious ceremonies and graduations.

The Origin of ‘Lei Day’

Lei captures the spirit of the Hawaii islands: its colors, flowers, fragrance and aloha.

Probably that was in his mind when in 1928 writer and poet Don Blading wrote an article about marking a day that centered around the Hawaiian custom of making and wearing lei.

Another writer Grace Tower Warren came up with the idea of celebrating it on May Day, May 1. She also coined the phrase “May Day is Lei Day.” Thus, the first Lei day was celebrated on May 1, 1928, and people in Honolulu were encouraged to wear lei. In 1929, Lei Day became an official holiday, and the tradition continues, interrupted only during World War II.

Celebration of Lei Day

Many festivities are held across the island to mark this special day. Festivities include Hawaiin music, Hula as well as lei-making demonstrations. These festivals are free to public, local as well as visitors and the transcend generations. Continue reading