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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Today - 1st May........
Shop open 1 may.......
 Satanism....Sexual....whatever...the fact is that on the 1st May, wherever it's celebrated as May Day or Labour Day, 'Fete du Travaille'.....or whatever - it's one day that most people do not work on!  Here in France where holidays are quite plentiful, but rarely respected (ie the Shops are almost always open) this day is one of the few that allow the shops to close at Midday, but not all of them!
One of the French traditions was, and still is, a 'Muguet'..........

'France[edit]On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime, on May 1. The government permits individuals and workers' organisations to sell them tax-free. Nowadays, people may present loved ones either with bunches of lily of the valley or dog rose flowers.[11]'

Here's yours..........!          
Incidentally, this business is lucrative. It is sold on most corners of the road, shops and all points North, South, East, West, it is accepted as a 'non-taxable' (or tolerated as such) and the 'side of the road sales' last year brought in 35,9 million €........!
Another 'tradition' is the political défile....'the political march'.
Started years ago by the PS (Parti Socialiste - Socialist Party) I now understand that the 'FN' (Front Nationale - National Front) have taken it up! e-pen-travailleurs-article-825751.html

In Germany and the East of France (very Germanic) the 'MAIBAUM' is a popular event. Supported, as usual, by gallons of beer and uncountable roast chickens, wurst and other things this is very popular all over Germany 
The French tend to stay within their families, there are no particular specials, the next one will be at 'Pentecôte' which will be VEAL!
So - there you are - 'Celebrating work' is done by STAYING AT HOME........!
Not a bad idea.
Have a nice 1st of May.

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