Holiday lights envelop the world in wonder during a dark time


In the darkest days of the year, in a very dark time, there is a yearning for enlightenment.

And so, the holiday lights all over the world are turning on – some humble, others spectacular, all a welcome respite in the dark.

They make the street an interactive experience. There are light tunnels – to walk through, as pedestrians do in Tokyo, at the Johannesburg Zoo, and at the Holiday Road light show in Calabasas, California; across, at a shopping mall in Panay, Philippines, where visitors stayed in their cars to curb the spread of COVID-19.

There are real trees and artificial trees and gigantic trees, like the light sculpture in Vigo, Spain, said to be the tallest tree in the world, so tall that adults and children alike walk around it. inside. Vigo is doing everything it can for Christmas, stringing 11 million LED lights in more than 350 streets.

Some displays are municipal, such as the silver string lights that adorn Moscow streetlights. Some are commercial, like the lights that envelop an electronics store in Syntagma Square in Athens, turning it into a huge gift box. And some are private, like the exaggerated decorations of the houses in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

All of them are wonderful, in the most literal sense of the word.

Is it possible that as the world goes through its second Christmas season plagued with disease, we need the lights to be brighter than ever? And so we spread them over like a canopy of heaven in places ranging from Barcelona, ​​Spain, to the old city of Damascus, Syria?

Is this how we rage against the death of the light?


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