In remembrance of the origins of the Festival of Lights, an appeal is made to the citizens of Lyon and festival visitors on December 8 every year to show their generosity by contributing to the Lumignons du Cœur campaign.
The idea is quite simple: buy one or more candles to add to a light display.
Funds from sales of the candles go to a different charity each year. This year’s charity cause is the non-profit Docteur Clown which sends clowns to entertain children in hospital and brighten up the impersonal environment. Docteur CLOWN sends performers to 14 hospitals in the Rhône, Ain, Isère and Loire departments and employs 17 professionals including clowns, actors and musicians. Hospital clown is now a recognised profession and there is even a charter and national federation.
Head to the site of Place Sathonay to make your contribution to an installation laid out in the association’s signature colours.
Buy a candle for €2 at any Festival of Lights information point, the Tourist Office, and many city centre booths and shops.
The good causes which have benefited from Lumignon funds in previous years: