Every year on the 8th of December the city of Lyon, France celebrates the Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières).
It began in the 17th century – during a particularly horrible plague the city council swore to pay tribute to Mary if their town was spared. The town lives, and so does the festival in Mary’s honor.
Citizens traditionally light candles in the windows of their homes, and in addition to the religious lighting displays, there are many professional, municipal installations.
It looks like every type of light can be found somewhere in the city. From fires to huge floodlights to lasers to digital projection onto the building facades.
Not surprisingly, the festival has become a huge tourist draw, they were expecting over 4 million people at the four day event this year.
All these photos are from this year’s festival. The variety of displays is amazing.
The city is beautiful all year long, but during the festival it literally shines.
I have never been, but every year I look at the photos and sigh…
Have a lovely Tuesday,
Sarah from Design Flourishes
all images from the official Fête des Lumières website