May 01, 2009

{ spreading luck }

Today, 1st of may  is a holiday in France … we celebrate   la fête du travail, our labour day … Besides  we share one of my favorite popular tradition : offering des brins de  muguet to each other . It’s a way to wish luck, prosperity and happyness to your loved ones. You usually will see  people in the streets, on road edges … in front of shops selling lily of the valley. Mostly  teenagers or studetns to get some pocket cash  … I don’t have to buy some and I have a whole bunch of them in my backyard to distribute …
It is about  noon here , and I’ve  already found 4  little bouquets on my front porch …

muguet

My intention for today’s post was to take a shot of my beautiful lily of the valley  … but it 's raining dogs and cats …and  cows and frogs ….Yep … it is REALLY raining …You do not want me to catch a cold, don’t you ? This pictures above and below  were taken a few days ago. They are in a full bloom now …

muguet

Now I am waiting for a sunny spell for my muguet picking ….I have a big distribution planned … The morning was hectic but now I am ready.
We traditionally go to a very colorful  flower fair during the 1st of may afternoon … We may have to skip it this year…

 

I wish you all a very happy 1er mai and I am virtually [but from- the – bottom – of –my – heart-y ] sending you a lily of the valley to bring you joy and happyness.

10 commentaires:

pickleberries said...

Our Lily of the Valley in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the USA are still shoots of green spears today. We celebrated May Day when I was little, but that has gone by the way side. We would make up tiny baskets, fill them with candies, set them on neighbors steps, ring their bell and run.

Deb said...

Lovely post! Happy May 1st! And I send a lily of the valley to you (in spirit)

That Girl Designs said...

Happy May 1st to you too! Another month gone...can't believe April is already over. Time does fly! Have a great weekend.

Coco Bean said...

Wow, what a beautiful post. Thanks for the lily of the valley. They are some of my favorite flowers and they used to grow in my backyard when I was young. I haven't seen them for years though. I wish we had this tradition here in Montreal...

shoppingsmycardio said...

thank you so much for sharing this story! i was in paris for may day a couple of years ago, and my husband and i spent most of the day trying to figure out what the lilies of the valley being sold everywhere were all about. i'm so excited to finally have an explanation.

happy may day!

La Marquise des anges said...

that's a cute story pickleberries thanks for sharing ... you were actually giving candies and running ?

thank you sweet deb , I will carry this spiritual lily of the valley with lots of pride :)


I can't believe it's May either Ann Marie !!! have a great weekend too.

Christie ... It seems like lilies of the valley marked everyone's childhood, don't you think ? By the way I spent about 7 months in montréal ..seems like a long time ago.. :)

Becki , I can totally imagine how puzzled you were ... I am glad I gave you the key ...May is a very good day for visiting Paris ....

Thanks all for taking some time to comment ... you sure have brought me joy & happyness :)

stacy di said...

I did the same thing as pickleberries when I was a kid..but we'd fill baskets with flowers :)

Our Lilies of the Valley haven't bloomed yet...but we have them growing like weeds in our front yard. I just love them!

have a fun day! thanks for sharing your tradition.

xoxo
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g. said...

Great post. Happy Day!

Rodney said...

Beautiful post. I love those flowers they remind me of Karen's snow drops. I am sorry for the rainy days but Iam sure sunshine is on the way!!!!

la lune dans le ciel said...

merci pour ce petit message !
J'ai eu la chance d'avoir beaucoup de soleil aujourd'hui...en parlant d'expression, quand il pleut beaucoup, sais tu que l'on dit également "il pleut comme vache qui pis..."...expression bien française qui illustre bien une pluie soutenue !! ;))

 
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