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Lyon outshines Paris as the City of Light

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Lyon outshines Paris as the City of Light


For a few days at least it is Lyon and not Paris that is France’s City of Light.

Over the coming weekend around four million people are expected to throng through its ancient streets enjoying the annual Fete de la Lumieres – the Festival of Lights.

Across the city, on public buildings, homes and offices, lights are burning bright in a spectacular incandescent display.

It is a tradition dating back 150 years. The festival honours the Virgin Mary for sparing the city from the plague in earlier times.

Originally people would light a simple candle and put it in their windows.

In recent years it has grown in popularity and is attracting people from all around the world. From being a one day event on December the 8th it is now expanded into a four night extravaganza.

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