Le Premier Mai
In France, May 1st isn't just a holiday ... it's two holidays!
Bonjour ! Welcome to the second issue of Lawless French à fond.
You probably know that May 1st is a holiday in France - but did you know that it’s actually two holidays?
le Premier Mai =
la fête du Travail
la fête du Muguet
Both la fête du Travail (Labor Day) and la fête du Muguet (Lily-of-the-valley Day) fall on the first of May, so what’s the deal? This issue of Lawless French à fond has everything you need to know today for tomorrow’s celebrations.
Watch these videos to learn about the two faces of le 1er Mai while practicing your French listening comprehension. (There’s always a transcript and translation if you need help.)
What’s the connection between these two seemingly unrelated holidays?
The international history of France’s fête du Travail.
Adorable animated video about French Labor Day.
Discover some photos of the renowned French poet while listening to a recitation of his beautiful ode to the 1st of May.
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Practice your French translation skills with this B2-level writing exercise.
Test yourself on some French vocabulary for spring in this fill-in-the-blanks quiz.
Surprise your favorite Francophile with a virtual muguet.
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