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Why are Lilies of the Valley a May 1st Tradition?

Lilies of the Valley are known for being a popular wedding bouquet arrangement (Just look at Kate Middleton’s or Grace Kelly’s). But did you know these flowers are also exchanged on International Labour day in French Cultured Countries?

Legend has it, back in 1560, King Charles IX’s Knight, Louis de Girard offered his king lilies of the Valley  as a symbol of spring renewal. Following this gesture, the King made it the official flower to offer to ladies of the court each year.

It wasn’t till the beginning of the XXth century that these lilies were associated to the International Labour day in French culture.

    

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