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Saint-Nizier church during the Lights Festival that takes place in Lyon every December 8th. No correction.

2006 was a good year for this festival. Since a few years ago, and because of the increasing popularity, it lasts over four days so that visitors from around Lyon and further can enjoy it. Bad weather kind of disturbed some shows this year, including on the 8th itself; I was lucky I could make it only on the 10th when the weather was not so bad.

The first illuminations on December 8th in Lyon started back in 1852, they were celebrating the inauguration of the gloden statue of Virgin Marie that's on top of the chapel that bears her name on the hill of Fourvi鑢e (check out the full history on Wikipedia). Each inhabitant puts candles in coloured glasses (or "lumignons") at his window, and everybody in town goes on the streets to admire the first Christmas decorations, the lit monuments and all the festivities based on the theme of light.

The religious festival had lost popularity until the mid-80's when the city council decided to organise it itself. Today the F阾e des Lumi鑢es is a very famous popular, religious and even touristic event.

You will find plenty of other photos of December 8th in Lyon on the pages of other TrekEarth members (Alyx, Rodolph, Florian, Anthony, Xavier, J閞鬽e...), and plenty of others photos here.

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