The Lyon Festival of Lights 2014 is one of the most awaited occasions for travelers and spectators who are passionate about the theme lighting, coloring and decoration. You can feel the spirit of creativity in form of candles and electric lights from all over Lyon during the festival time. Theme animations and projection stuck spectator’s eye and they can’t stop themselves from being in awe and the most important thing about light show is that it’s totally free for everyone.
Lyon is very less popular city located in East-Central France comes under Rhone-Alpes region. The only thing that makes it popular is its Light Festival that is held between the 6th to 9th in the month of December (Dates may change due to the weather problems like storm and rain). For 4 days Lyon turns as the center of attraction among tourists from all over world. This year the expected number of spectators to attend the festival may reach to 4 million which would be the highest record of all times.
History of Lyon Light Festival:
The festival began dates back to 1643 when epidemic of plague occurred in Lyon. The municipal councilors pledged to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary if the town was spared with this deadly disaster. Ever since the march was managed by countrymen on way to the Basilica of Fourviere at the year of 1852, the festival was turned when people started lining their window front with candle. Commercialization of festival started in twentieth century and now it’s catching millions of tourists throughout the globe.
Lyon Light Festival on Today:
The religious celebration was started with a vow. Now it’s emerging as a wide platform for international light artists. Every year the authority of Lyon asks to the artists to propose their ideas and concepts. Aim of the festival is to demonstrate the history and culture of Lyon through modern light equipment’s like LED lights and 3D projectors. Some historical buildings, fountains and parks of the city will be the major attractions during 4 night long festival like St John’s Cathedral and The Bartholdi Fountain.
Things to Remember before Trip to Lyon
• Book your accommodation as early as possible there will be rush on festive season.
• Prefer Metro to visit around the city to see this light show.
• Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, Beautiful rods might force for all day walking
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