The Festival of Lights in Lyon, France expresses gratitude toward Mary, mother of Jesus on December 8 of each year.
This uniquely Lyonnaise tradition dictates that every house place candles along the outsides of all the windows to produce a spectacular effect throughout the streets. The festival, which includes other activities based on light, usually lasts 4 days, with the peak of activity occurring on the 8th.
The two main focal points of activity are typically the Basilica of Fourvière which is lit up in different colours, and the Place des Terreaux, which hosts a different light show each year.
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- Festival of Lights in Lyon 2010