The First of May, La Fête du Muguet, is the first of many Jours Fériés n the month of May. So many holidays (2 more to come, the 13 and 24) that the month of May is called the month of Swiss cheese....needless to say, not much gets accomplished, but everyone has a good time!
Lily -of- the- Valley, la Muguet, is sold on all the street corners...and everywhere you turn...as you come up from the metro, as you exit the grocery store..on your way down rue Cler, small little stands scattered all about, all over the city and all over France. It is tradition to give the ones you love a small bouquet of these lilies for good luck and to celebrate the arrival of spring. This is also considered Labor Day in France, a holiday the French got from America, (although America celebrates it in September).
So, if you are visiting Paris this month, be prepared for a few closed stores and museums, and arrange your time on these holidays visiting the beautiful parks of Paris...or take in a classical movie at the Grand Rex Theater.
Alors! Partager Paris wishes you la Bon Chance and ....
take some time to smell the Muguets of Spring!