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Convallaria majalis, commonly known as the Lily of the Valley
Legend and tradition say,
The flower is also known as Our Lady’s tears since, according to Christian legend, the tears Mary shed at the cross turned to Lilies of the Valley. According to another legend, Lilies of the Valley also sprang from the blood of St. George during his battle with the dragon. Other names include May Lily, May Bells, Lily Constancy, Ladder-to-Heaven, Male Lily and Muguet.
Traditionally, Lily of the Valley is sold in the streets of France on May 1. Lily of the Valley became the national flower of Finland in 1967. The Norwegian municipality Lunner has a Lily of the Valley in its coat-of-arms. It is the official flower of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Delta Omicron fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority, and Alpha Phi sorority.
The name “Lily of the Valley” is also used in some English translations of the Bible in Song of Songs 2:1, although whether or not the Hebrew word “shoshana” (usually denoting a rose) originally used there refers to this species is uncertain. The meaning of this flower is “You will find Happiness.”