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La Fête du Muguet

According to French tradition, give those you love a little bouquet of Lily-of-the-Valley (Muguet), to wish them happiness and good luck in celebration of the arrival of spring.

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As decreed by King Charles IX of France, who offered Lily-of-the-Valley to all the ladies of his court on May 1st, 1561, on this day anyone in France can legally sell flowers without a license to sell, as long as they are a reasonable distance away from the nearest flower shop.

La Fête du Travail

In the 19th century, demonstrating workers would wear a red triangle to symbolise 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, and 8 hours of free time, later to be replaced by the Lily-of-the-valley.

May 1st officially became a public holiday after the eight-hour working day was introduced in France on April 23, 1919. Known as Labour Day in some parts of the world, it is also a day for protests, marches.

This day is a bank holiday. Watch out! Most shops, traditionally, will be closed although more and more of the larger chains do now stay open on Bank Hols and small village shops and boulangeries usually open in the morning.)

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May Day (La Fête du Muguet, La Fête du Travail) in France is a public holiday to campaign for and celebrate workers rights. It is also an occasion to present lily-of-the-valley or dog rose flowers to loved ones.

Is Labor Day / May Day a Public Holiday?

Labor Day / May Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

In 2021, it falls on a Saturday, and some businesses may choose to follow Saturday opening hours.

What Do People Do?

People in many areas give bouquets of lily-of-the-valley or dog rose flowers to loved ones. This custom is particularly common in the area around Paris known as Île-de-France. Families with children in country areas get up early in the morning and go into the woods to pick the flowers. Individuals and labour organizations in urban areas sell bouquets of lily of the valley on the street on May 1. There are special regulations that allow people and some organizations to sell these flowers on May 1 without paying tax or complying with retail regulations.

Trade unions and other organizations organize parades and demonstrations to campaign for workers rights on May 1. People may also use these events to campaign for human rights in general, to demonstrate against racism or highlight current social issues. 

Public Life

May 1 is a public holiday. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may be closed. However, some stores in Paris, as well as at airports and railway stations and along major highways, may be open. Public transport service schedules vary depending on where one lives and intends to travel. Parades and demonstrations may cause disruption to traffic in the centers of large cities, particularly Paris.


King Charles IX of France was presented with lily of the valley flowers on May 1, 1561. He liked the gift and decided to present lily of the valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on May 1. Around 1900, men started to present a bouquet of lily of the valley flowers to women to express their affection. The flowers are a more general token of appreciation between close friends and family members these days.

The eight-hour working day was officially introduced in France on April 23, 1919, and May 1 became a public holiday called Fête internationale des Travailleurs (International Worker's Day). During World War II, the Vichy regime renamed the holiday to Fête du Travail et de la Concorde sociale (Work and Social Unity Day). Between 1944 and 1947, there was no holiday on May 1. It officially became known as La Fête du Travail (Labor Day) on April 29, 1948. Since then, it has been an occasion to campaign for and celebrate workers' rights. The day is also known as Labor Day in other parts of the world.


The lily of the valley and dog rose flowers are symbols of May Day in France.

About Labor Day / May Day in Other Countries

Read more about Labor Day / May Day.

Labor Day / May Day Observances

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  1. Origins of May Day: Beltane
  2. May Day Maypole Dance
  3. International Workers’ Day
  4. Haymarket Riot
  5. May Day Today

May Day is a May 1 celebration with a long and varied history, dating back millennia. Throughout the years, there have been many different events and festivities worldwide, most with the express purpose of welcoming in a change of season (spring in the Northern Hemisphere). In the 19th century, May Day took on a new meaning, as an International Workers’ Day grew out of the 19th-century labor movement for worker’s rights and an eight-hour workday in the United States. May Day 2021 will be celebrated on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Origins of May Day: Beltane

The Celts of the British Isles believed May 1 to be the most important day of the year, when the festival of Beltane was held.

This May Day festival was thought to divide the year in half, between the light and the dark. Symbolic fire was one of the main rituals of the festival, helping to celebrate the return of life and fertility to the world.

When the Romans took over the British Isles, they brought with them their five-day celebration known as Floralia, devoted to the worship of the goddess of flowers, Flora. Taking place between April 20 and May 2, the rituals of this celebration were eventually combined with Beltane.

READ MORE: 8 Facts About the Celts

May Day Maypole Dance

Another popular tradition of May Day involves the maypole. While the exact origins of the maypole remain unknown, the annual traditions surrounding it can be traced back to medieval times, and some are still celebrated today.

Villagers would enter the woods to find a maypole that was set up for the day in small towns (or sometimes permanently in larger cities). The day’s festivities involved merriment, as people would dance around the pole clad with colorful streamers and ribbons.

Historians believe the first maypole dance originated as part of a fertility ritual, where the pole symbolized male fertility and baskets and wreaths symbolized female fertility.

The maypole never really took root in America, where May Day celebrations were discouraged by the Puritans. But other forms of celebrations did find their way to the New World.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, May Basket Day was celebrated across the country, where baskets were created with flowers, candies and other treats and hung on the doors of friends, neighbors and loved ones on May 1.

What does May Day have to do with the international distress call, "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday"? Nothing, as it turns out. The code was invented in 1923 by an airport radio officer in London. Challenged to come up with a word that would be easily understood by pilots and ground staff in case of an emergency, Frederick Mockford coined the word "mayday" because it sounded like "m'aider," a shortened version of the French term for " come and help me."

International Workers’ Day

The connection between May Day and labor rights began in the United States. During the 19th century, at the height of the Industrial Revolution, thousands of men, women and children were dying every year from poor working conditions and long hours.

In an attempt to end these inhumane conditions, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (which would later become the American Federation of Labor, or AFL) held a convention in Chicago in 1884. The FOTLU proclaimed “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”

The following year the Knights of Labor—then America’s largest labor organization—backed the proclamation as both groups encouraged workers to strike and demonstrate.

On May 1, 1886, more than 300,000 workers (40,000 in Chicago alone) from 13,000 business walked out of their jobs across the country. In the following days, more workers joined and the number of strikers grew to almost 100,000.

READ MORE: History of the Labor Movement 

Haymarket Riot

Overall, the protests were peaceful, but that all changed on May 3 where Chicago police and workers clashed at the McCormick Reaper Works. The next day a rally was planned at Haymarket Square to protest the killing and wounding of several workers by the police.

The speaker, August Spies, was winding down when a group of officers arrived to disperse the crowd. As the police advanced, an individual who was never identified threw a bomb into their ranks. Chaos ensued, and at least seven police officers and eight civilians died as a result of the violence that day.

The Haymarket Riot, also known as the Haymarket Affair, set off a national wave of repression. In August 1886, eight men labeled as anarchists were convicted in a sensational and controversial trial despite there being no solid evidence linking the defendants to the bombing. The jury was considered to be biased, with ties to big business.

Seven of the convicted men received a death sentence, and the eighth was sentenced to 15 years in prison. In the end, four of the men were hanged, one committed suicide and the remaining three were pardoned six years later.

A few years after the Haymarket Riot and subsequent trials shocked the world, a newly formed coalition of socialist and labor parties in Europe called for a demonstration to honor the “Haymarket Martyrs.” In 1890, over 300,000 people protested at a May Day rally in London.

The workers’ history of May 1 was eventually embraced by many governments worldwide, not just those with socialist or communist influences.

READ MORE: The Haymarket Riot: When a Protest Against Anti-Labor Police Brutality Turned Violent

May Day Today

Today, May Day is an official holiday in 66 countries and unofficially celebrated in many more, but ironically it is rarely recognized in the country where it began, the United States of America.

After the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland officially moved the U.S. celebration of Labor Day to the first Monday in September, intentionally severing ties with the international worker’s celebration for fear that it would build support for communism and other radical causes.

Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to reinvent May Day in 1958, further distancing the memories of the Haymarket Riot, by declaring May 1 to be “Law Day,” celebrating the place of law in the creation of the United States. May Day 2021 is on May 1, 2021.

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Le 1er mai is an annual public holiday in France and many other countries around the world. However, in France, this date is more than just a day out of the office!

Back on 1 May 1560, King Charles IX of France was presented with lily of the valley (“muguet” in French) flowers as a lucky charm. The King appreciated the gift so much that he decided to gift the flowers to every lady of his court every year on 1 May. This gesture started to become more commonplace at the beginning of the 20th century with men presenting lily of the valley flowers to women to express their affection.

These days, it has become custom to give a sprig of these flowers as a token of appreciation to close friends and family members on 1er mai. For one day each year, the French government allows the tax-free sale of lily of the valley flowers on the street to promote this tradition and ensure its continuation.

The day also became a public holiday, formally known as La Fête du Travail (Labour Day), back in 1948. Since then, 1er mai has also been an opportunity for trade unions and to campaign for and celebrate workers’ rights and other social issues.

Finally, remember that nearly everything will be closed on 1st May so be sure to do your shopping the day before!

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Nowadays, it is legal for anyone to sell muguet on the street on the 1st of May without a licence and without having to pay taxes, as long as it is picked wild or homegrown.  This may seem quite understandable for readers from countries where it is legal to sell one’s own wares on the street, but this is not the case in France.  Thanks to a special law, it is the only time in the year when this is permissible. Incredible but true! (See my post on car boot sales for more on this.)

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Is the 1st of May a holiday in your country?  Are there any specific traditions associated with this day where you are?  I’d love to hear from you.

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Ever year May 1 is celebrated as Labour Day. Being one of the most important events in a year, it is known to celebrate the contribution, efforts and achievements of the working class. Also called International Workers' Day, the concept has been adopted by many countries around the world. It started with the traditional labour union movement. 

The traditional labour union movement, which is an eight-hour day movement, advocates eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation and eight hours of rest. It should be noted that the date for celebrating Labour Day was chosen by a mix of socialist and communist political parties to pay homage to the Haymarket affair. 

It was a massacre triggered in the aftermath of a bombing that took place during a labour demonstration (labour union movement) on May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago.  

The first Labour Day day in India was celebrated on May 1, 1923. After an initiative by the Labour Kisan Party, a resolution was passed to mark this day as a holiday. On this day, people encourage and wish each other for the work they do and the importance of the working class. 

Labour Day quotes 2020

  1. "Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." — Aristotle
  2. "There is no substitute for hard work." — Thomas A. Edison
  3. "Just try new things. Don't be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?" — Michelle Obama
  4. "All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity." — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  5. "Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it." — Maya Angelou
  6. “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” – Harvey Mackay
  7. “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” – Mother Teresa
  8. “Nothing will work unless you do” – Maya Angelou
  9. “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”  –  Thomas Edison
  10. “Nothing ever comes to one that is worth having except as a result of hard work.” – Booker T. Washington

Labour Day wishes 2020

  1. Be happy to celebrate the spirit of hard work.
  2. Problems and difficult situations should not stop a man from reaching his dreams. Everyone is in danger of losing a battle, but those who fight until the end find peace and satisfaction. Remember that success comes with hard work and passion.
  3. A tree alone cannot make a forest! Celebrate Labour Day to respect the hard work.
  4. No matter how hard the job will be, if you are focused and determined, I’m sure there’s no way you will fail. Hard work should be paid off.
  5. May all your work succeed and may
    you find and do good and as a result, get
    promoted, respected and prospered every day
    of your laboured life.
  6. The brightness of flowers may spread in your life smiles and happiness…. Wishing you a very beautiful and energetic May Day… May each and every day of your life is as beautiful as enchanting May.
  7. A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
  8. Labour Day is a special occasion to honour all workers. Please know that your efforts make a huge difference in the success of your team.
  9. Before the reward, there must be Labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.
  10. May it never be a footprint that you shall ever say maybe in May. May it instead be a footprint that you shall do your best and rest the rest!
  11. May Day is the day to salute the hard work and dedication of strong willed souls around us. Wishing them a very happy May day.
  12. Before the reward, there must be labour. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap happiness.
  13. Work is no disgrace. Instead, the disgrace is idleness. Happy May Day 2020
  14. Every piece of equipment and technology in the modern workplace is made of thousands of parts. Each part is a valuable component made by people like you. You are valued. Happy Labour Day.
  15. Fruits of your labour are like rains that fertilise the land of our productive development. Happy Labour Day.

Labour Day photos/images 2020

Happy Labour Day!

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Happy May Day Wishes and Messages, Greetings, Images

1st May is observed as May Day in UK, USA, Scotland, India and various other countries. Since 19th May Day is celebrated as International Worker’s Day or Labour Day. Not only that, traditionally this day is his celebrated as spring festival in the northern hemisphere as this is the happy harvest time when people come together to enjoy feast, singing and dancing.

Send motivational May Day messages, wishes, Greetings, May Day Quotes, May Day Pictures to your workers and labors to celebrate Labour Day/ May Day text messages and Labour Day wishes in Hindi and English are perfect way to wish you’re your loved ones via greetings messages on this day dedicated to their efforts.

Refer to the beautiful collection of Happy May Day wishes messages to wish everyone around you a wonderful day.

Happy May Day Messages 2021

1). You have worked very hard throughout the year to meet all your goals. Now it is a day to relax and rejoice. Sending you warm wishes on International Worker’s Day. Happy May Day to you.

2). It is the dedication and hard work of the workers which has helped in building a nation. Without your support, every development is incomplete. Wishing you a Happy Labor Day.

3). Labor Day is the time to enjoy the fruits of your hard work and labor. It is the time to relax and enjoy a comfortable day after working hard to finish your duties. Happy May Day to you.

4). The world is incomplete without the contribution of labors as we are the one who work so hard to make the impossible possible. Sending you warm wishes on Labor Day 2021 my friend.

May Day Wishes and Messages for Loved Ones

Celebrate May Day with your family and friends with beautiful May Day greeting messages, May Day WhatsApp messages and Labour Day wishes. Send your loved ones May Day wishes in English and May Day messages to wish them a great day ahead.

5). Let us be proud of all our efforts which go in making our country happy and prosperous. Let us celebrate 1st May as a Happy Labor Day by wishing each other on this wonderful day.

6). Sending you warm wishes on 1st May as it is the day to celebrate your dedication and hard work which has helped our company grow. Wishing you a wonderful and Happy Labor Day.

7). May your life is filled with blessings and happiness. May your life is blessed with sunshine and success. On this May Day, sending you warm wishes on the occasion of Labor Day.

8). Let us join hands to hands to celebrate 1st May as this is the day dedicated to our efforts and hard work which brings glory and prosperity in everyone’s lives. Happy Labor Day to you.

9). Let us celebrate Labor Day to honor all those who have given the lives to build our nation. Wishing all those hard working souls a Happy May Day and a Happy Labor Day 2021.

10). May your day be filled with brightness of sunshine and happiness of flowers. May your fruits of labor add sweetness to everyone’s lives. Wishing you a very Happy May Day.

Happy May Day Wishes for Husband

“There are no ways to thank you for putting in so much of hard work for the good of our family….. Sending my love along with Happy May Day wishes to you for being such a wonderful man!!!”

“Happy May Day wishes to the man who has always been my hero…. Your efforts and hard work have always made all my dreams come true…… I salute you for your hard work and dedication.”

“I am so happy to have a husband like you who puts in his heart and soul for the happiness and comfort of his family….. Wishing my wonderful husband a very Happy May Day!!!”

May Day Greetings Messages for Boyfriend

“On the occasion of May Day, I wish that you touch new heights of success with your hard work and focus. Wishing you prosperity and growth in your life.”

“My dear love, you have always been an inspiration to me….. Your focus and dedication towards your career has always motivated me to do better….. Happy May Day to you!!!”

“I cannot think of anyone else to wish on the occasion of May Day because you work extremely hard to makes your dreams come true….. A very Happy May Day to you my dear.”

Happy May Day Wishes for Girlfriend

“Salute to all the girls who work with their heart and soul in achieving their goals….. Happy May Day to one such girl who is very special to me!!! Way to go girl!!!”

“On the occasion of May Day, I just want to tell you to keep working hard to chase your goals and you will definitely end up achieving all that you desire….. Happy May Day my sweetheart.”

“May Day is a reminder that you must keep giving your best in every situation and one day all your efforts will bring you good results….. Warm wishes on May Day to my love.”

May Day Wishes Messages for Wife

“Dear wife, you have always been a source of inspiration for me for the way you manage our house, kids and your job….. Sending you my love and lots of May Day wishes for you are a Superwoman.”

“Managing the kids and the house is not an easy task but all thanks to your love, care and dedication, we have been able to manage everything very well…. Happy May Day to the most hardworking wife.”

“The reason behind the growth of our children is your dedication and love which has brought such amazing results…..Wishing a very  Happy May Day to my dearest wife.”

May Day Wishes Messages for Son

“Success comes to those who keep working hard with their heart and soul…. With lots of love, wishing a very Happy May Day to my loving son…. I know you can do it!!!”

“Each step that you take will take you closer to your goals…..Just keep working for it and one day you will reach where you desire to….. Wishing you a very Happy May Day.”

“May Day is the reminder that you need to keep up with your good work, that you will surely get rewarded for your efforts…. Sending my love along with warm wishes on May Day.”

May Day Greetings Messages for Daughter

“The only way to achieve success in life is by working hard…… No matter what the circumstances are, only your dedication can help you rise high in life….. Wishing a very Happy May Day to my sweet daughter.”

“Dearest daughter, keep working hard and one day you will achieve everything you had ever dreamt of….. May Day reminds me to remind you that nothing is impossible, if you work hard for it.

“Each step taken counts….. every hard work gets rewarded some day….. On the occasion of May Day, I want to wish you the best of the blessings to work very hard in life.”

May Day Wishes for Friends

“My dear friend, I wish that all the hard work and efforts that you put in achieving your goals get paid in the form of success…. I wish that you work harder with greatest determination and zeal to make it to the top…. Wishing you a very Happy May Day.”

“Today is the day to salute you my dear friend because it is the day to celebrate all the pains you have taken in your life to make it better and to celebrate your passion and labour that has gone into it…. Best wishes on May Day to you my dear.”

“I wish that each and every day of your life is as bright and as positive as the smiling flowers of May…. Wishing you the best of the success as a reward for all the hard work you have put in making your dreams come true….. Sending lovely greetings on International Labour Day!!”

Labour Day Wishes Messages for Lover

“My only wish on May Day is that you are showered with fruits of your hard work…. May all your efforts bring more and more happiness in your life…. May your life is blessed with dreams becoming a reality….. Warm wishes on Labour Day to you.”

“Dear love, I am sending you beautiful blossoms to spread vibrancy and joy in your life…. I wish you are always smiling just like there cheerful flowers…. Wishing you a wonderful and cheerful May Day my darling.”

“I wish that you are always blessed with greatest strength to work harder in life…. May no problems can affect your dedication and will to achieve your goals… Sending you best wishes on the occasion of Labour Day my love!!!”

Labour Day Quotes in Hindi

“Asha hai ki aapke prayas aur mehnat ka bharpur phal aapko mile…. Kamna hai ki koi musibat  aake iradon ko hila na sake…. Prarthna hai ki ishwar ka ashirwad sada aap par bana rahe…. Happy May Day to you.”

“Koshish jo kartein hai unki kabhi haar nahi hoti….. Sapne jo dekhte hain unki manzil door nahin hoti…. Bhagwan kare ki kabhi naa thakein, naa harein aap aur kartein rahein mehnat nirantar har din har vaar…. Wishing you a Happy Labour Day.”

“Insan ka kartavya hai karma karna aur phal ishwar par chod dena….. Kartein rahein tan aur man se apne karm aap aur jeet swayam aayegi ek din aapke dwar…. Isi kamna ke saath bhej rahein hai Labour Day ki shubhkamnayein hazar!!!”

May Day Wishes to Employees

“The only thing to remember on Labour Day is that there is going to be working. Happy May Day.”

“Start the month of May with Labour Day to have some good fun and no work.”

“Don’t forget to take a break from work to make it a fun Labour Day.”

May Day Whatsapp Messages

“Warm wishes on May Day. You may not work today and it will be all fine.”

“You are expected to not work and this makes it a perfect day. Happy May Day.”

“Get some sleep and enjoy some food. Have a relaxed May Day.”

Labour Day Messages Status for Whatsapp and Facebook

“I wish that you grow and prosper with the best of your efforts and become an example for others to follow…. I wish you all the strength and determination to keep working harder….. Warm wishes on Labour Day to you my dear.”

“May the brightness of May sun…. May the blooming flowers of spring…. Bring along eternal happiness and joy, success and prosperity in your life….. Have a wonderfully blessed May Day to you.”

“Don’t let any problem affect your determination….. Don’t let any negative energy affect your energies…. Always keep working harder and harder to achieve your goals and reach to the pinnacle of success…. Warm wishes on May Day to you.”

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May 1st (May Day) is known worldwide as Labor Day, but in France it is also May Day – Fête du Muguet (Lily of the Valley) when the French greet each other with a sprig (or a small bouquet) of lily of the valley, a flower that is considered a lucky charm.

The tradition dates back to the beginning of the century when unemployed people (the unemployment benefits did not exist and people had to finding ways of making ends meet) went into the woods that were still found in the big cities ‘suburbs to pick lilies of the valley.

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The lily of the valley is in full bloom in late April early May, and is one of those wild plants that spread very quickly, invading clearings and edges of wood! It grows everywhere and is almost considered as a weed. People just needed the patience of picking it and composing small bouquets that they tied with a ribbon.

They sold them in the markets as women once loved to decorate their blouses with a sprig of lily of the valley, a custom that was a remainder of the old pagan tradition when people were celebrating spring by adorning themselves with flowers!

Many provinces have retained a version of this ancient tradition by decorating a pole (May Pole) with flowers. This is reminiscent of the tradition of planting a flowering tree outside the door of the girls to marry off, then followed the huge feast when they widely celebrated spring, nature and love.

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In the language of flowers, the lily of the valley symbolizes “marital happiness”. It was therefore natural to link it to dating and popular dances known as “Bals du Muguet” were organized every year so that singles could meet their soul mate. The girls dressed in white and young men wore a sprig of lily on their lapel, and parents and chaperones were banned from attending!
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The lily of the valley has been cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages but it is said to originate from Japan where it is considered a symbol of spring. Some sources, however, attest that the Celts knew the flower and that they already  considered it as a lucky charm.

The French tradition of giving a sprig of lily of the valley as a good luck charm on May 1st dates from May 1, 1561 when King Charles IX receives a sprig.

May 1st Labor Day

May 1st  is widely known as the international Labor Day when all trade unions parade in the major cities.

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The origins of Labor Day is quite different from that of the Fête du Muguet, and go back to May 1, 1886 in Chicago when Americans unions launched a strike movement to obtain the 8-hour working day. The movement lasted until May 4 and paralyzed many factories. The major riots that ensued ended by a dozen dead, including seven policemen. Five anarchists were later sentenced to death.

The 2nd Congress of the Socialist International held in Paris on June 20, 1890 decided to make May 1st the worldwide symbol of the workers’ struggles with the aim of obtaining the 8-hour working day. From the following year protesters wore a red triangle on their jackets to symbolize their triple claim: 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep and 8 hours of leisure!

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The triangle was replaced by a dog rose flower (symbol: happy days pass too quickly), and a sprig of lily of the valley in 1907.

On 24 April 1941, the Vichy Government officially recognized May 1st as Labor Day and made it a Public Holiday to rally the working classes.

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La Fête du Muguet

According to French tradition, give those you love a little bouquet of Lily-of-the-Valley (Muguet), to wish them happiness and good luck in celebration of the arrival of spring.

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As decreed by King Charles IX of France, who offered Lily-of-the-Valley to all the ladies of his court on May 1st, 1561, on this day anyone in France can legally sell flowers without a license to sell, as long as they are a reasonable distance away from the nearest flower shop.

La Fête du Travail

In the 19th century, demonstrating workers would wear a red triangle to symbolise 8 hours of work, 8 hours of sleep, and 8 hours of free time, later to be replaced by the Lily-of-the-valley.

May 1st officially became a public holiday after the eight-hour working day was introduced in France on April 23, 1919. Known as Labour Day in some parts of the world, it is also a day for protests, marches.

This day is a bank holiday. Watch out! Most shops, traditionally, will be closed although more and more of the larger chains do now stay open on Bank Hols and small village shops and boulangeries usually open in the morning.)

Источник: https://anglophone-direct.com/fete-du-travail-et-du-muguet/
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Источник: https://loumessugo.com/may-day-traditions-in-france/