Austrian Ceremony

Each year a child from Upper Austria is chosen to collect the Peace Light from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem into an explosion-proof lamp. Austrian Airlines then flies the flame to Austria.

On the third Saturday in Advent, Pfadfinder und Pfadfinderinnen Osterreichs, the Austrian National Scout Organization, hosts a multinational distribution ceremony ("Friedenslichtaussendungsfeier") to share the Peace Light with national delegations of Scouts for further distribution. Each year approximately 1200 people from more than 20 different nations attend the event.

The 2020 and 2021 Austrian Peace Light ceremonies were delivered virtually because of the Covid-19 health and safety restrictions. A very small gathering was held in Salzburg, with international delegations invited to submit a short video message to be included in the ceremony. During the broadcast ceremony, a candle was lit from the Peace Light for every nation taking part; Peace Light North America was honored to participate.