Lyon Light Festival 2016

St Jean | Light Festival 2016 - Lyon

Every year my hometown Lyon throws an amazing light festival. Here are a few pictures of the one from 2016.

The Festival of Lights in Lyon, France expresses gratitude toward Mary, mother of Jesus around December 8th of each year.

The origins of the festival date to 1643 when Lyon was struck by plague. On September 8, 1643 the municipal councillors promised to pay tribute to Mary if the town was spared. Ever since, a solemn procession makes its way to the Basilica of Fourvière on 8 December (the feast of the Immaculate Conception) to light candles and give offerings in the name of Mary. In part, the event thus commemorates the day Lyon was consecrated to the Virgin Mary.

St Jean | Light Festival 2016 - Lyon
St Jean | Light Festival 2016 – Lyon
St Jean | Light Festival 2016 - Lyon
St Jean | Light Festival 2016 – Lyon

This is the iconic St Jean Cathedral which houses every year a light and sound show.

Saint-Exupery Plane | Light Festival 2016 - Lyon
Saint-Exupery Plane | Light Festival 2016 – Lyon

This is was an animation casted on a big modeled plane in remembrance of the famous Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince) who was born in Lyon.

Celestin Theatre | Light Festival 2016 - Lyon
Celestin Theatre | Light Festival 2016 – Lyon
Fire Dancing in the Street  | Light Festival 2016 - Lyon
Fire Dancing in the Street | Light Festival 2016 – Lyon