a traditional Christmas ornament in Mexico and the SW U.S., consisting of a candle in an open, sand-filled paper bag: typically several of these are placed in a row outdoors and lighted as on Christmas Eve
- A votive candle set into a small, decorative paper bag weighted with sand and placed in a row with others along a walkway, driveway, or rooftop as a holiday decoration. Also called Also called regionally farolito .
- New Mexico A bonfire built in front of each house in a pueblo to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Origin of luminariaSpanish from Latin lūmināria pl. of lūmināre lamp ; see luminary .