One of our earlier video collaborations, Lyon Spot of Light is reminiscent of an especially meaningful Christmas back in 2012, when we lived in Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France. It is there the Christmas season begins with the annual celebration of the Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights). After darkness descends, the city streets and squares explode with magical displays of lighting projections that play out against the grandeur of French architectural brilliance. Eager to marvel at the enchantment, the Lyonnais fill the pedestrian walkways in a ceremonious procession of eternal reverence and enormous gratitude to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Beginning around December 8th, this weeklong tradition also encourages every household to participate with the lighting of blue and white candles, placed along the outside of their windows each evening, which you will see toward the conclusion.
A little more French history…
The origins of the festival date to 1643 when Lyon was struck by plague. On September 8, 1643, the municipal councillors (échevins) 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 December 8th (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 (wikipedia).
Our very best wishes to all for a blessed Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noël!
Bruno & Joanne