Lyon brightly celebrates lights
It used to be a local celebration. A ceremony in honor of the Virgin Mary that only Lyon inhabitants used to celebrate by lighting, on the edge of their window, a candle or a small candle. The Festival of Lights has long been a 100% Lyon event that used to be celebrated on December 8th, in a very Lyon intimacy. But in recent years, this meeting has become the occasion of a big festival that now attracts millions of visitors from around the world! Today, the festival spans an entire weekend from December 5th to 8th in 2015.
This year, it should have been from 5 to 8 December 2015. After the Paris attacks of November 13, the city has decided to cancel the planned slew of illuminations. We still decided to tell you about this event and show you images you should have seen strolling in Lyon this weekend. To make you want to go next year because there is no doubt that the Festival of Lights will return!
We like to admire the bridges and public buildings all lit in an original and spectacular way on this occasion. And many artists who dotted the streets and squares with their bright works.
You will not see the “bright creepers » that Erik Barray wanted to grow at Louis Pradel square. Neither the Abbé Couturier gateway transformed into a light boat. Or the Parc de la tête d’or sparkling with bright balls. But the fresco by artist Daniel Knipper will still be visible, the city has decided to maintain it. On the banks of the Saone and the Fourviere hill, close-ups of famous people faces from the painting world will be projected on buildings. They will be accompanied by the names of the Parisian attacks victims. And on December 8th, over 200,000 candles will illuminate the windows of Lyon for a Festival of lights, more authentic and human than ever …