May Day is also known as the Fête du Travail (Labour Day).
It is a bank holiday, and most shops are closed. This year it falls on a Wednesday, so lots of people will be taking 2 extra days off to do ‘le pont’.
Normally it’s a day for demonstrators to campaign for and celebrate workers’ rights. The gilets jaunes are promising a big day of protests throughout France.
May Day is also known as the Fête du Muguet. You can read more about it here.
If you’ve been invited to lunch somewhere, or you want to make a friend or family member happy, give them a small bunch of lily of the valley flowers.
The other thing to bear in mind for May, is that it’s known as the month of bank holidays in France, so if you’re looking to get things done in May, you need to bear in mind that there are lots of days off, and ‘ponts’ (people taking extra days off to make a long weekend).