A short resume.
The French tradition of giving
lily-of-the-valley (muguet) flowers on May Day
is supposed to have begun
on 1st May 1561, when King Charles IX of France
was presented with a bunch
of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity
for the coming year.
History does not record who
it was that presented the King with this perfumed gift, but he
took a shine to this idea
and began the custom of presenting
muguet flowers to the ladies of his court each year on May 1st.
Ist May French
Vintage and Victorian Cards
From around 1900 it became traditional in France for men to present
a bouquet of muguet flowers
to their sweethearts to express
their love and affection.
Nowadays muguet flowers are
also given as a general token of appreciation
between close friends and
This custom has now been
adopted by other european countries.
(Not in England unfortunately!!!!!)