May 1 is not only Labor Day, it is also the day when we offer sprigs of the lily of the valley to people we love. This tradition is not new. In ancient Rome, celebrations in honor of Flora, goddess of flowers, peaked on May 1. The Celts celebrated the start of summer on the same day. They erected a tree around which they danced to chase away evil spirits. They also granted the lily of the valley virtues of good luck.
The use arrived in France on May 1, 1561, when King Charles IX received a sprigs of lily of the valley on that date, and he decided to offer it each year to the ladies of the court. The tradition was born.
Ever since we offer these little bouquets to our family and friends, neighbors, or office collegues on each 1st of May.
As the weather was so nice and warm, they bloomed already in my garden far too early ! So I told my neighbors to pick them up if they want too and offered a little bouquet to my friends.
This year it will be different, as we are still locked in in our cages but if everything goes smooth between the doctors, scientifics and the government we will be set free on May 5.
So for the first time since the 61 years I live in Belgium there will be no street vendors no people on the street with their little bouquets and nobody will get them or maybe they will lay in front of the door.
Linking to Linda G. Hills prompt SOCS-Val