Fête des Lumières (Lyon, France) Reviews
Description:Lyon / France / The festival stretches over 4 days. It is a fest of gratitude towards Mary, mother of Jesus, with the ... more
Newest Review: ... is located on the site of (what was) a Roman forum. How is it celebrated now? ==================== On December 8th, people in Lyon light candles and place them on their windowsills, a procession heads to the Basillica where candles are lit and offerings made. The city council also arranges a series of shows around the city, usually starting around December 5th. This causes a great deal of ... more
Customer Fête des Lumières (Lyon, France) Reviews (1)
by non_sense - written on 12/12/08, updated on 12/12/08
I recently had the pleasure to be in Lyon, which is located in south-eastern France. Lyon is apparently France's second largest city, narrowly beating the city of Marseilles and second to Paris. I timed my visit to enjoy an annual event, the Fête des Lumières (Festival/Celebration of Lights). Origins ====== The origins of the festival can be found back in 1643, when the city was suffering with an outbreak of the plague. The city leaders promised to honour the Virgin Mary if the city survived the plague. The city survived. A small church, the Chapel of Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière, was dedicated to the Virgin Mary on Fourvière Hill overlooking the ... Read the complete review
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