The Lily of the valley, or Myge, or Konvallaria the Mayan or the “Tear of the Virgin”, is one of the most beloved flowers of May, full of symbolism and traditions. Its name (Muguet) is French and in France on May Day it is offered as a symbol of good luck and care.
It is a tiny but impressive flower that actually belongs to the asparagus family. It is known for its sweet aroma from the white flowers like bells that it has, usually in white color. It blooms in May, which is why it is often referred to as the May lily.
According to tradition there are two versions of its origin.
Either she appeared from Eve’s tears when God banished her from the Garden of Eden, or from the Virgin’s tears when she saw Jesus on the cross. It was first cultivated in 1420 and is endemic to Europe and Asia. It conveys a sense of happiness, grace and appreciation, but also romance. In 1561 Charles IX offered it to his relatives for good luck. It was the favorite flower of Christian Dior Dior and in 1956 the French company produced a perfume with its special scent.
In the early 20th century, the lily of the valley was associated with May Day, while a few decades ago the French offered it to their beloved on May 1 to express their love, in a tradition known as “La Fête du Muguet” , typically mentions the post on the Truly blog.
It is considered a symbol of good luck and happiness and is the favorite flower for brides. According to Vogue, it was present at the wedding bouquets of Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Claudia Seifer, Princess Diana and Kate Middleton.
It has also been used as a medicine. It is said that the lily of the valley “comforts the heart and strengthens the memory”.