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luminaria • loo-muh-NAIR-ee-uh • noun
: a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a paper bag
Luminarias lined the streets throughout the neighborhood for the annual Christmas Stroll.
“The luminaria … will light up the night around Olean on Dec. 21, the longest night of the year, in honor of the homeless.” — Kate Day Sager, Olean (New York) Times Herald, November 17, 2014
Did you know?
Luminaria is a fairly recent addition to English; the earliest known use in our language dates from 1949, about the time that the old Mexican Christmas custom was gaining popularity among Anglo-Americans. In some parts of the U.S., particularly New Mexico, these festive lanterns are also called farolitos, which means “little lanterns” in Spanish…
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