En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait!
Provençal proverb ~ In May, do what pleases you!
Every May 1st I love to talk about one of my favourite traditions in France ~ La Fête du Travail or La Fête du Muguet. The day is a national holiday, but more than that it is an occasion when people give little bouquets or sprigs or pots of le muguet (lily of the valley) to each other. When I first began blogging, I read a post by my friend, the talented writer/reviewer Claire McAlpine and I like to share her story each year. It’s sweet and explains the tradition so well.
Please click here to read it, and here’s my bouquet to you!
This time last year, my husband and I had just finished a magical stay (but then isn’t it always?) in Paris and the Loire Valley. We were driving south to the Dordogne region and in every town, big or small, this was the scene. Even on a drizzly day. I loved it!
Obviously, young or old, everyone puts a lot of thought into this tradition.
Le muguet or lily of the valley represents a porte bonheur, a good luck charm, to special people in your life. Sing along!
Does your culture or country have a special May 1st tradtion?