May 1st, the tradition of the “Brin de Muguet”

The flower of Muguet is also called “the Lys of the Valley” or “Lilies of the Valley” .

 

It is a plant that comes from Japon and was presented into Europe in the period of the Moyen-Age.

The flower represent couple of different things in France. It represent the beginning of the spring of course. The Celtes were the ones that said it is a good luck charm to receive the flower.

Charles IX on May 1st 1956, received the flower as a good luck charm and decided to give some to each lady that was in the “Cour Royale” each year on that date.

The Tradition then started that men on May 1st would give a “Brin de Muguet” to their love ones. It is sold every where in France in May.

I remember in France, the boy scouts knocking at everybody’s door, and sell muguet.

The smell is very distinctive, and soft and it is so beautiful.

In France on that day it is also Labor day, so love ones spend it together.

Funny every year spent here in the US, I miss this tradition on that day.

Maurice Careme, a Belgium poet wrote this beautiful poem about Muguet:

“Cloches naïves du muguet,
Carillonnez ! car voici Mai !

Sous une averse de lumière,
Les arbres chantent au verger,
Et les graines du potager
Sortent en riant de la terre.

Carillonnez ! car voici Mai !
Cloches naïves du muguet !

Les yeux brillants, l’âme légère,
Les fillettes s’en vont au bois
Rejoindre les fées qui, déjà,
Dansent en rond sur la bruyère.

Carillonnez ! car voici Mai !
Cloches naïves du muguet ! “

 

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1 Comment

  1. ah le muguet!!! l’odeur de fleur (avec la pivoine) que je préfere…J’adorais en periode de 1er mai, aller humer le muguet dans le magasin et l’atelier de mes parents!!!! J’ai toujours aimé cette date car elle est synonyme d’été qui approche, les arbres sont en fleurs, la vegetation reprend vie….et puis je suis née en mai…ça doit jouer!!!
    Et comme disait Bourvil dans sa chanson: “joli, joli mois de mai”

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