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Walking the candlelit labyrinth was a peaceful way to celebrate the winter solstice for dozens on Sunday night. Participants took a candlelit paper lantern to the center of the labyrinth, pausing for reflection and walking out on the path at the Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway. Following the candelight walk, many tied ribbons on the Wishing Tree, an ancient tradition. After walking, many gathered over hot cidernear the abstract sculpture on the chilly December evening.

“This Candlelit Labyrinth Peace Walk provides participants an opportunity to slow down and reflect on where they are on their life journey and to walk in union with others as we all hope for peace and calm in this busy season and chaotic world,” said Beth Mace, President and Co-Founder of the Labyrinth Guild of New England. Several walkers spoke about wishing for a more peaceful year ahead after the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernadino.

The labyrinth walk was inspired by a family from Hawaii, visiting the Greenway park last year. Continuing the tradition, the group returned this year including Christine Osterwalder, Alex Leonard, Cara Leonard, Rob Abe and Ian Shaw. Architect of the park, Donald Tellalian and his wife Barbara, were also on hand to help put together the gathering.

Sponsored by the Labyrinth Guild of New England, the Candlelit Labyrinth Peace Walk is an initiative of the Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway in collaboration with the Millennium Bostonian Hotel, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

 Walking the candlelit labyrinth during the world peace walk
Walking the candlelit labyrinth during the world peace walk
 Participants took a lighted luminaria to place on the labyrinth
Participants took a lighted luminaria to place on the labyrinth
 Over a hundred people walked the candlelit labyrinth
Over a hundred people walked the candlelit labyrinth
 Patrons placed luminarias where it had meaning to them
Patrons placed luminarias where it had meaning to them
 Cara Leonard from Hawaii places ties a ribbon on the Wishing Tree, an ancient tradition
Cara Leonard from Hawaii ties a ribbon on the Wishing Tree, an ancient tradition
 The winter solstice brought out dozens to walk the labyrinth
The winter solstice brought out dozens to walk the labyrinth
 Lumineria
Lumineria’s light up the labyrinth center
 The air was calm during the winter solstice for walking the labyrinth
The air was calm during the winter solstice for walking the labyrinth
 Locals and visitors came to participate in the candlelit labyrinth walk
Locals and visitors came to participate in the candlelit labyrinth walk
 The Armenian Heritage sculpture with luminerias
The Armenian Heritage sculpture with luminerias
 The labyrinth is located between Faneuil Hall and Christopher Columbus Park
The labyrinth is located between Faneuil Hall and Christopher Columbus Park
 With the lighted Greenway carousel in the background, people take a break from the holiday rush by walking the labyrinth
With the lighted Greenway carousel in the background, people take a break from the holiday rush by walking the labyrinth
 Looking toward the North End, people walked the labyrinth for the Winter Solstice
Looking toward the North End, people walked the labyrinth for the Winter Solstice
 Lumineria
Lumineria’s were placed individually be each participant
 Hailing from Hawaii and organizing the event, L to R, Cara Leonard, Alex Leonard, Rob Abe, Christine Osterwalder, Ian Shaw
Hailing from Hawaii and organizing the event, L to R, Cara Leonard, Alex Leonard, Rob Abe, Christine Osterwalder, Ian Shaw
 Luminerias in the center of the park labyrinth
Luminerias in the center of the park labyrinth
 Lighted lumineria
Lighted lumineria’s for the winter solstice peace walk

Photos by Matt Conti.

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