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What is the Tahitian flower tradition?
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When arriving in Tahiti French Polynesia, 6th stop of my world tour, and my 49th country visited, my host at the Carlton Plage residence greeted me with a traditional fresh Tahitian flower necklace.

In the South Pacific islands, including the famous Moorea, Bora Bora, and Tahiti French Polynesia, they have several Polynesian flower traditions, of which you'll succumb when visiting the Polynesian islands.

The flower necklaces are named Lei, the floral crowns are named Hei, and the blossom behind the ear is called a Tiare.

See below how and when to wear them for an amazing stay in Tahiti, which cannot be complete without a flower necklace - and they're all made of real and fresh flowers!

The flower necklace, called a Lei, and sometimes a Hei, is a gesture of hospitality and welcome, which word is Maeva in Tahitian.

When been greeted by your hotel, or your host if staying at a private place, such as the amazing Carlton plage, they will most likely welcome you with a fresh Lei, a Tahitian traditional flower necklace made with fresh local flowers.

They will place it around your neck, on your shoulders, as soon as they see you arriving.

These necklaces are generally made with frangipani or orchids flowers, and should not be thrown in the trash!

They will only last for a day at most, as they are made with fresh flowers, but can be kept for a day in your room to perfum it, and should be disposed by giving it back to the earth, by letting it rest on the ground, or floating on the water.

A fresh floral crown is called a Hei, and is generally more used for wedding celebrations, graduations ceremonies or festive gatherings than for daily standard occupations.

The Tahitian traditional female dancers will wear a Hei while performing, but also will do the brides and grooms that are getting married on Tahiti island.

When going out in Tahiti, show your romantical status by wearing a Tiare flower blossom behind your ear!

If put behind the left flower ear, it means that you are currently married, taken or in a relationship.

If put behind the right flower ear, it will mean that you are available for new romantical encounters.
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