Lily of the Valley

Today is the 1st May, therefore this post is dedicated to the lily of the valley flower (a wonderful name, I’d say, much more poetical than the French word “muguet“). This spring flower is offered as gift since French Renaissance: this custom dates back from 1561, where Charles IX, aged 10, waiting for his accession to the throne, gave a lily of the valley to all ladies present. At the beginning of the 20th century it became tradition in France to sell lily of the valley on international labour day, May 1 (which is a Bank Holiday since 1919),  as a symbol of spring.



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