Your Friday French Fundamentals: La Fête du Muguet

April 26th, 2013

fê·te du mu·guet [fɛːt dy my.ɡɛ]

The mix-up: In France, the first day of May is now thought of as la Fête du Travail (Labor Day), but this public holiday coexists with a longer-standing tradition: la Fête du Muguet.

Actual meaning: The May Day custom is to present loved ones with a little bouquet of lily-of-the-valley, or muguet, for luck, health, and happiness.

Food for thought: What better way to ring in the arrival of spring than with delicate, fragrant bell flowers?

Lily of the Valley

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1 Comment

  1. Karole Faire says:

    hey! thank you regarding doing these types of walkthroughs! these are very effective:)

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