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05/01/2013 11:30 am ET Updated May 01, 2013

Happy Lei Day! Hawaii Celebrates Holiday On May 1

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It's Lei Day, everybody!

May 1 officially became Lei day on the Hawaiian Islands in 1929, designated as a day to celebrate the history and tradition of the gorgeous floral garland that has become synonymous with a Hawaiian retreat.

Giving or receiving a lei in Hawaiian culture carries special meaning. Although the lei has become a popular souvenir to purchase, the true value of the lei is the process that leads up to the finished product. When gifting a lei, one starts with choosing the flowers to be used and then personally strings each blossom with thoughtful purpose for the recipient.

Have a photo of a beautiful lei you've been itching to share? Submit it below or tweet it to us at @HuffPostTravel.

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