Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Celebrating #14thcentury #BlackDeath in #Lyon

Candles on my windowsill

Every year the city of Lyon celebrates la Fête des Lumières - an international light festival to celebrate the end of the black plague in this region of France.

But given the recent tragic events in Paris, the Mayor of Lyon, Gérard Collomb announced that the 2015 Fête des Lumières would be postponed till December, 2016.

Candles in front of the Hôtel de Ville

 However, this high-profile international light show was, last night, transformed into a vigil for the victims of the terrible Paris attacks. The people of Lyon lit up the city by placing candles on their windowsills, which was the tradition many years ago when I first moved to France, before the Light Festival grew into a huge international event.

Downtown Lyon

Only one work of art, by Daniel Knipper, was installed on the banks of the Saône River, to pay tribute to the victims, with a scrolling list of their names: Lyon’s Homage to Paris attack victims.

For more information on Lyon's annual light festival click here.

Given that my third book in The Bone Angel trilogy, Blood Rose Angel, deals with Black Death, I became particularly interested in the bubonic plague in the Lyonnais region. 

Read my guest posts about the plague and how its disappearance is celebrated on the blog: Writing the Renaissance and in the FREE magazine: The GoodLife France.

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