Luminaria meaning

lo͝omə-nârē-ə
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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.
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(new mexico) A bonfire built in front of each house in a pueblo to celebrate Christmas Eve.
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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.
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A vigil fire used in ceremonies, in Native American and Hispanic cultures.
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A makeshift lantern used as a holiday decoration, especially in Hispanic culture.
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Origin of luminaria

  • Spanish from Latin lūmināria pl. of lūmināre lamp luminary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary