What you need to know if you want to sell lily of the valley for May 1st

What you need to know if you want to sell lily of the valley for May 1st
What you need to know if you want to sell lily of the valley for May 1st

On May 1, anyone can sell lily of the valley on the street. But be careful, this business is subject to national regulations which are sometimes the subject of a municipal decree, as in Caen (Calvados).

1er May is a day of celebration, Labor Day but also Lily of the Valley, a small wild flower that we offer to loved ones. It is obtained from florists but also from private sellers or associative actors.

For once, they can sell it freely on public roads provided they respect a few national rules relayed by municipal decree.

This year in Caen, the town hall informs that exceptionally on this day, individuals will have the possibility of selling wild or garden lily of the valley, in small quantities, in sprigs and as is, without packaging or basketwork. , no pottery and without any addition of flowers, plants or vegetables of any kind whatsoever.

Any fixed installation (benches, tables, displays, etc.) is prohibited on public property. The use of cars or any vehicle in general is prohibited.

Sellers may not set up less than 50 meters from florist shops or market florist stalls, and not constitute a danger or inconvenience to pedestrians and vehicles.

On the other hand, with regard to florist traders, the city makes points of sale available to florist traders upon proof of their registration in the commercial register.

Please note, in the event of non-compliance with the regulations in force, a fixed fine of 300 euros is applied, which can be reduced to 250 euros or increased to 600 euros. It must be paid within 45 days following the date of sending the notice of infringement or the discovery of this infringement.

By default, a fine of 3,750 euros and a sentence of six months’ imprisonment may apply.

Moreover, article 446-3 of the Penal Code specifies that the police can, in addition, destroy or confiscate the sprigs of lily of the valley.

The sale of lily of the valley is a very old tradition that dates back to antiquity. It celebrates flowering, the transition from the dark season to the light season and is believed to bring good luck.

The sprig of lily of the valley succeeds the red wild rose (symbol of spilled blood) which was sold during the Revolution and until the end of the 19e century.

Several historical anecdotes date the tradition back to the time of Charles IX. 1er May 1560, the king was offered a sprig of lily of the valley during a visit to Dauphiné. He would have appreciated the gesture so much that he would have decided to take up this idea to offer, every spring, a sprig of lily of the valley to the ladies of the court. Although difficult to verify, this episode is often reported in stories around Charles IX, such as the novel Charlie 9by Jean Teulé, published in 2011.

During the Revolution, lily of the valley is not linked to the 1er May but on the “Republican day” of 7 Floréal (April 26) in the Fabre d’Eglantine calendar. It is then the red wild rose which is associated with the 1er May, and which will be for a long time for workers.

A hundred years later, for the first International Workers’ Day, in 1889, demonstrators wore a red triangle, quickly replaced by red wild rose. A tribute to Fabre d’Eglantine, but not only that. The flower is widely cultivated in the north of France, where important worker gatherings take place. One of them, the 1er May 1891 in Fourmies, was violently repressed, leaving nine dead and thirty-five injured among the demonstrators. The red wild rose also symbolizes this spilled blood.

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