Every year on Christmas Eve, The Hart Family bundles up and heads to
to wonder around and look at Luminarias. Albuquerque Old Town
A luminaria is simply a brown paper bag filled with sand and a candle and it provides a worm glow at night.
To make of your own, fold down the top edge of a lunch sized brown paper bag, fill the bag about 3” deep with sand and place a candle in the middle
Luminarias originate from the 1800’s. Small bonfires were built to guide people to Christmas
Often they were set out during Las Mass. Posadas (the symbolic representation of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in from a number of homes before Jesus was born). Bethlehem
Now luminarias are used to decorate the paths to doors and people also outline the roofline of their homes with the inviting decorations.
These luminarias form the Zia Sun Symbol, New Mexico's insignia.
To the Zia Indians 4 is the sacred number as it is embodied in the earth (4 main directions), in the year (seasons), in the day, ( sunrise, noon, evening and night), in life,( childhood, youth, manhood and old age). Everything is bound together in a circle of life and love, without beginning and without end.
Here are a few more of the luminarias I saw last night.
~Melisa & Cordelia