Today is May 1st, celebrated as “May Day” in Europe. In Switzerland and France, people do something very lovely today. Since this charming custom involves my favorite flower, I couldn’t resist dashing out this post.
For the past few days, vendors have been selling lily-of-the-valley on the streets of Switzerland and France. The flowers are everywhere! The idea is to give a sprig or bouquet of this flower to someone you love.
Lily-of-the-valley symbolizes several things, among them the return of happiness. So, when you give a person this enchanting bloom, you’re wishing them happiness. I’d say you’re also injecting poetry into their daily life. I’d even say you’d be injecting poetry into yours.
Today, so soon after witnessing Prince William and Kate exchange their wedding vows, I find this custom especially endearing.
I wish lilies-of-the-valley to every one of you reading this. Many lilies-of-the-valley.
Here’s to happiness and romance. Here’s to love!
P.S. If you’d like to read a French person’s take on this custom (and to see some lovely pictures, too!) just click on this link “Frenchie and the May Lilies.” Scroll to the middle of the post.