IN IMAGES: Lyon lights up for Fête des Lumières

Louise Nordström
Louise Nordström - [email protected] • 8 Dec, 2014 Updated Mon 8 Dec 2014 10:23 CEST
IN IMAGES: Lyon lights up for Fête des Lumières

Lyon is serving up a spectacular light and candle show for its annual Fête des Lumières. Here's a selection of the best images from a festival that was born out of coincidence and dates as far back as 1852.


The celebration, known as the Festival of Lights in English, means that many of the main façades in France’s third-largest city become awashed in colourful light shows while the inhabitants line the outside of their windows with candles and tea lights.

The festival was born out of pure coincidence in 1852 when the Lyonnais were set to cap the annual September 8 tribute to Virgin Mary for saving the city from the plague in 1643 by inaugurating a statue of the virgin at the basilica of Fourière.

A flooding of the Saône river, however, forced organisers to push back the date to December 8. On the day of the long-anticipated inauguration a storm raged through the city, prompting the Lyonnais to spontaneously place candles in their windows and light up the city.

Since 1999, it has become a four-day celebration and involves some 80 façade light projects and millions of candles.

CLICK HERE for the best images from the 2014 Fête des Lumières


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