Fête des Lumières
Festival of Lights
Plans were made for an illumination of the city at night. However on 8 December it poured with rain. As a result, the night illuminations and celebrations were canceled.
However the rain stopped in the early evening. The people of Lyon were overjoyed by the sudden change of events and aligned thousands of small lights (des lumignons) along their windowsills and balconies. The church leaders also lit up the chapel of Fourvière.
Ever since, The Festival of Lights has been celebrated every year on 8 December in Lyon, France.