La Fête des Lumières
Ahh, the Festival of Lights. One of the two things I knew about Lyon before I met Sim.
December 8 is the day when Lyon thanks the Virgin Mary for sparing the city from the plague in the 1600s. It’s tradition for the people of Lyon to burn candles on their window sills tonight.
Although the tradition still stands, technology and tourism play a major part in today’s festivities. The festival goes for 4 days now, and spectacular light shows are held around the city. Lyon will see around 3 million tourists from all over the world this weekend. The inner city is closed to traffic from 5pm each day. The public transport is free on the first night, and a reduced rate fête ticket is available on the rest.
Sim and I will head into town tonight, after checking out the festivities in Oullins. Which include the candles, of course, but also an AC/DC tribute band playing at the mairie! Maybe they know there’s an Aussie in their midst!