A sprig of lily of the valley ( un brin de muguet) is a must on 1st May ( pour le premier mai). It is meant to bring you luck ( porter bonheur) as explained on the blog on 1st May last year.
One sprig is sold for 1.50 euro this year. It is the only time that you will see children, for instance, selling des brins de muguet on the pavements in towns and by the side of the roads in the countryside. It is a good way for them to get some pocket money ( de l'argent de poche).
If you happen to be in France on 1st May which is a bank holiday ( un jour férié) and are invited at friends' or neighbours', don't forget to bring du muguet as a gift.
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