lilies of the valley for May Day

By Gabrielle. Photo by Paul Ferney for Design Mom.

Happy May Day to you and yours!

Here in France, May 1st is Labor Day, but it also goes by La Fête du Muguet, which means Lily of the Valley Day. It’s a public holiday and the tradition is to give a sprig of Lily of the Valley to loved ones and neighbors. I was reading a bit about this tradition, and apparently it dates to the 1500s when King Charles IX of France was given Lilies of the Valley as a good luck token. 1500s?! I’d say that’s an enduring tradition! If you’re curious, you can read a bit more about the holiday here.

Lilies of the Valley for May Day

Will you be doing anything to mark the day? Maybe there’s a Maypole festival at your school? Or perhaps, you’ll be making these adorable May Day Baskets for your children to hang on the neighbor’s door.

P.S. — More May holidays! Cinco de Mayo is coming up fast. Here are tons of fun ideas.