Happy 1st May, but why Lily of the Valley?

Labor Day is an official holiday across France (and of course Monaco), which falls on 1st May. It’s a day where stores close, buses don’t run, and France is effectively ‘out of office’. One traditional, and very specific way to celebrate this holiday is to offer a small bouquet of Lily of the Valley, or Muguet, to our loved ones. The flower is supposed to symbolise good luck and love, but have you ever wondered where this long lasting tradition came from? The Lily of the Valley has been considered a ‘porte-bonheur’, or lucky charm, since all the way back to the middle ages when the flower was first brought to Europe from Japan. According to French tradition, the celebration of May Day starte

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