For 5 years, an International Festival takes place in Moscow: the Circle Of Light.

This festival is inspired by the famous (and biggest) festival of light organized in Lyon on December 8 for many years. Each year the French festival attracts more than 3 million people.

For the cultural part, on the 8 December, residents of Lyon celebrate Mary, mother of Jesus, to thank her for having stopped the plague in 1643.
2 centuries later, the city decided to create a statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue was to be installed on the rooftop of the chapel Fourvière. Because of a storm preventing the event, every resident of Lyon decided to put « lumignons » on their windows, lighting up the city.

For the whole story, have a look on the Festival website.

Fête des Lumières Moscou

Last year, I’ve had the chance to be in Moscow and attend the light festival.
If you follow me, you must know how I’m proud of Lyon and as you can imagine, I was curious to discover the Russian version of this famous festival.

And I have to admit that Russians did a great job.
Although that was only the 4th edition, the organization was perfect and the show was high quality.

In 2014, Moscow has chosen 7 places for the show. I enjoyed it on the facade of the Bolshoi Theatre.

Fête des Lumières Moscou

Fête des Lumières Moscou

Fête des Lumières Moscou

I’m sorry for the quality of pictures but please, incriminate my phone. My photography skills have nothing to do with that ;-)