This post was most recently updated on August 12th, 2020
May is the month that everyone looks forward to; it has the most public holidays that usually land on weekend. If you’ve planned your requests right at work, you could potentially have three three-day weekends. And May Day is the start of it all. Today is know as May Day or Labor Day here in France and normally street corners and entrances to Metro stations would sprinkled with The Red Cross or street vendors selling little bundles of these delicate flowers. They bring good luck to whomever you give them to.
May Day/Labor day is a celebration and remembrance of workers’ rights. Originating from the May 1, 1886 strikes that took place in Chicago where American workers demanded an eight-hour work day. Several days later, a bomb went off in a crowd of protesters, killing some of them and since then, May 1st has been an international day of remembrance for those who stood up for their rights and died.
The 1st of May is also known as La Fête du Muguet (Lily of the Valley Day) are given to loved ones on this day because way back in the 1560s, King Charles IX of France was given, as a gesture of good luck, a lily the valley. He was so touched by this move that he decided to present to all the ladies of his court every year their own little bouquet of lily of the valley as a sign of good luck and happiness.
I hope as you’re reading this that you are well and safe. I know times are uncertain right now and we don’t know what the future brings, per se, but I wish you all the happiness, health and luck in the days to come. I don’t know what’s in store for me here in Paris, I don’t know when I’ll find a job, but I do know that I am in a good place and I’m extremely thankful for that.