It’s May Day in France

Once upon a time, a long-long time ago, May 1, 1561 to be precise, someone offered King Charles IX a sprig of lily of the valley as a token of good luck.

The King liked the idea so much that he decided to start a tradition. From that day forward on the first of May, he presented a bouquet of lilies of the valley to each of the ladies of his court.

In France, the first of May is also French Labor Day, so it is a bank holiday and everyone gets the day off. People will walk the forest trails picking muguet and offering sprigs to their neighbors to wish them a lovely spring.

As you have well gathered, I am a very holistic and didactic minded person. One of my greatest joys is transforming something frivolous or superstitious into something profoundly meaningful and up-lifting.

So with my bouquets, I like to give a note with a blessing, that my neighbors also be planted by streams of living water and bear much fruit. A blessing I endeavor to bask in each day.

Happy May Day! How are you going to spread cheer today?

1 mai Paris 1912
1 mai Paris 1950

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