The Peace Light of Bethlehem is a program inaugurated in Austria in 1986 as part of a charitable relief mission for handicapped children and people in need. It has gone to more than 20 countries in Europe, as well as the Americas. Since Austria joined the European Union (1995), the Austrian Member of the European Parliament Paul Rübig initiated the tradition to bring the Peace Light of Bethlehem to Strasbourg to hand the flame over to the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the city itself.
So the wikipedia. I took this series back in 2012. We carried the light with runners, scouts and singers visiting about twenty different locations per one day. At first we stopped in an orphanary but kids were still sleeping as it was 6 am in the morning. Then we continued to several churches, civic authorities, convent and retirement home. It was a great day full of singing, meeting nice people and festive atmosphere. When I came home late evening I was tired but happy that I could attend such a powerful event.