Journée fête des Lumières
Published: August 14, 2019
Bonjour! Hello! Today we celebrated La fête des Lumières de Lyon, a festival of lights that takes place each winter in the city of Lyon, France. The festival dates to the year 1852, when Lyon was to inaugurate a statue of the Virgin Mary. Although the event was cancelled due to severe storms, each family lit a candle in their window as a sign of solidarity. Today, the city marks the event with artistic installations of lights all over landmarks and public spaces, drawing almost two million tourists each year.
Our credit villagers finished up their last day of classes as one and two-week villagers continued their explorations and stages (language learning groups). Each exploration investigates a place or theme of the Francophone world, such as Dakar, L'Occitanie, or Marseille, and stages revolve around a project such as creating a new language or science experiments. In addition to the language learning groups, villagers also continued their passe-temps; activities such as paddle boarding, making friendship bracelts, or memes about Lac du Bois culture! We're excited to continue trying new things and having fun in our activities.
Tonight's veilée (evening program) gave us a taste of the magic of the festival. Each cabin worked as a group to prepare a short display with flashlights, fairy lights, and colorful crepe paper. After performing our spectacles (presentations) for the whole camp, we went to one of our main buildings, Rennes, to find that it had been converted into our very own immersive light show experience! We enjoyed music, dance, and the beautiful lights together before singing Bonsoir les loups (Goodnight wolves) and heading off to bed.
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