Lily of the Valley and Lilac's:
The "Lily of the Valley" is the official flower of May in France. The French tradition of giving lily-of-the-valley flowers (Muguet-du-Bois) on May Day is believed to have begun on May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity for the coming year. History does not record who it was that presented the king with this perfumed gift, but he took a shine to this idea and began the custom of presenting lily-of-the-valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on May 1st. It became traditional in France for men to present a bouquet of lily-of-the-valley flowers to their sweethearts to express their love and affection. At the beginning of the 20th century, it also became a custom on the 1st of May, to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime. Nowadays “muguet” flowers are also given as a general token of appreciation between close friends and family members as a way to wish them good luck and happiness for the year ahead.
|Where the country road winds along the fence, sweet with the fragrance of Lilacs...|