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Peace Candle shining bright in Easton for another season

Tradition marks the start of the holidays

Easton shining bright after lighting of Peace Candle

EASTON, Pa - The Easton Peace Candle Lighting is a 65-year-old tradition that marks the start of the holiday season.

"It's just like a hometown feel where everybody gets together," said Megan Coulombe from Easton.

Hundreds gathered before the annual event Saturday afternoon to celebrate peace and community.

"My mother used to take me when I was five and here I am, still coming back," said Joann Durante, Peace Candle Volunteer Chair.

From music, food, a petting zoo and a mini-train ride, there was plenty to do before the big candle lighting ceremony.

"It's really nice I like the animals," said Caleb Lee from New Jersey.

"It's just nice for everybody to get together and everybody's having fun too so it's a great day," said Joan Boutilette from New Jersey.

Community members say they're proud of the unique event, instead of a tree or more traditional symbol for the holidays, they say their peace candle sends a much stronger message.

"It's something that we all need in our lives, peace, peace on earth," said Jen Kosiba from Easton.

"It has changed a great deal over the years but it's still here and it's still all about peace," said Durante.

The candle is a simple yet powerful prop that lights up downtown Easton, reminding people to be kind to one another this holiday season.

The Peace Candle will be up and lit in downtown Easton until mid January.

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