Light of Peace
In late November, a 12-year old boy lit a candle in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
In a special lantern, the light is then flown to Vienna, Austria, from where the Light of Peace is spread to over thirty countries in Europe and the USA (New York), Canada (Ottawa/Toronto since 2009) and parts of South America. Received in thoughtful local ceremonies, the Light is spread to all participants present; from person to person, igniting one candle at a time.
Origin of the campaign
The Light of Peace campaign is non-denominational and non-commercial. The intention is to unite people of all ages, health circumstances, color, religion, culture or background – at Christmas and beyond.
The idea was created in 1986 at the initiative of ORF regional studio in Austria. The motto for 2017 is “Sharing Joy” and many politicians and dignitaries receive the light, including Presidents of State and the Pope.
Light of Peace In Switzerland
In Switzerland, the Light of Peace was received for the 25th year on the third Sunday of Advent on December 17, 2017 in the cities of Zürich, Basel, Luzern, Fribourg, Lausanne and Lugano. Two hundred further regional locations receive the Light of Peace at 5 pm with their own creative ceremonies.
Organized in Switzerland by Friedenslicht Schweiz, the Christmas event is supported by many clubs, schools, girl & boy scouts, churches, political municipalities and private individuals. It stands under the patronage of “Denk an mich” – a Swiss foundation that supports people with disabilities. Donations for candles to participate in the lighting go in support of special vacation homes for the disabled.
Light of Peace is a moving and touching new Christmas ceremony that grows in popularity and locations around the world.