May 1st in France: Lily of the Valley

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On May 1st in France, it’s a tradition to offer a mini-bouquet of Lily of the valley to your loved ones. According to legend, while Charles IX and Catherine de Medicis were travelling in the Rhône-Alps, the knight Louis de Girard de Maisonforte offered the young king a sprig of Lily of the valley from his garden as a good-luck charm. Charmed by the flower, the king ordered its distribution to the ladies of the court every May 1st. However this is the traditional flower of the Parisian region/Ile-de-France since the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the famous fashion designers who offered a small bouquet to all their seamstresses on May 1st. The working population was inspired by this ritual and in 1907, they replaced the symbolic dog rose with the Lily of the valley.

FR On offre le Muguet, un rituel convivial qui remonte à la Renaissance quand le chevalier Louis de Girard de Maisonforte offre au jeune Charles IX offre en gage de bonheur, un brin de muguet cueilli dans son jardin. Au début du XXème siècle, la fleur devint la fleur traditionnelle de l’ile de France, quand le jour du 1er mai, les grands couturiers parisiens offraient un brin de muguet aux petites mains des ateliers comme un porte-bonheur. Inspirée par cette pratique, en 1907, la population ouvrière remplaça la fleur d’églantine par le brin de muguet à l’occasion de la fête du travail. Merci à #actuelflors pour ce joli bouquet parfumé.

Nepal and the last cherry blossoms

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My mum called to tell me of the moment she knew something was amiss. The birds and the animals went beserk for a good fifteen minutes and then everything went silent. That’s when they felt the first tremors. This was in Delhi. The earthquake hit Nepal and parts of India. As we enjoy the last of the beautiful cherry blossoms please don’t forget this beautiful country and its people right now. Nepal needs our help. Kindly donate to the Red Cross or UNICEF who are working so hard to provide humanitarian relief our Nepali brothers.
FR On profite des dernières belles fleurs de cérisier mais n’oublions pas le beau pays de Népal et son peuple anéantis par le tremblement de terre. Veuillez faire vos dons à l’UNICEF ou à la croix rouge pour faciliter leurs opérations de secours à travers tout le pays. Un grand merci.