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Flemish village switches on illuminations to lighten the mood
The Flemish village of Puurs-Sint-Amands near Antwerp is hoping to bring a bit of extra cheer to its inhabitants during these dark days by lighting up its streets with seasonal decorations and keeping the illuminations up throughout the winter to “brighten up lives and provide inspiration”.
Despite most shops being closed, the local authorities want to attract people to the centre of the village by creating a feeling of community and togetherness at a time when some people are struggling with isolation.
The winter lights have been put up early to create a cosy atmosphere and they will be replaced with other decorations throughout the coming months, with Christmas on the horizon and a Valentine's display proposed for the beginning of next year.
"We will bring light and cosiness to our municipality for four months," says local councillor Hilde Van der Poorten. "These are neutral winter lights that will be complemented by Christmas lights and Christmas trees in December.
"In January, the winter lights will be extended with hearts, to already generate the atmosphere of Valentine's Day. An evening walk along the lights cheers you up and gives you inspiration."