May 1, 2012: Muguet – Lily of the Valley

May Day is known in France as ‘La Fête du Muguet’ (Lily of the Valley) and ‘La Fête du Travail’ (Workers’ Day) – it is a public holiday and the only day of the year in France that people can sell flowers to the public without a permit!

The lily of the valley tradition apparently comes from King Charles IX of France who received a sprig of muguet on May 1st 1561 as a good luck offering.

Muguet en avance

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