Un brin de muguet pour le premier mai
Charles IX (1550-1574) is said to have offered ladies of his court sprigs of lily of the valley for good luck, celebrating the arrival of springtime. The custom remains and every first of May all of France exchanges the pretty and perfumed flowers with friends and neighbors. This muguet was offered online by a pal, Sylvia, who photographed it blooming in her yard this morning. Mille mercis--many thanks!
un brin: a sprig
le muguet: lily of the valley
un porte bonheur: a lucky charm
une clochette: a little bell, here the form of the tiny flowers
une courtisane: a lady of the court
©2012 P.B. Lecron