Labor Day in France

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In France, Labor Day is celebrated May 1st since 1890, like in most countries, even if it became a paid bank holiday in 1941 only. That day is inherited from the United States where unions and employees went on a ferocious strike in Chicago and earned the 8-hour workday in May 1886.

May 1st is also the day we offer each other muguet (aka lily of the valley in English) as a lucky charm. This tradition comes from the Renaissance when people were offering it to chase away the winter curse under the influence of Charles IX who particularly appreciated getting some while visiting Drôme. The tradition became popular on Mays 1st 1900 when the fashion word began to offer it at a big event in Paris.

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