Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Production tells the story behind a N.M. tradition.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Ann L. Ryan For the Journal

Farolitos vs. lumininarias.

Every year at this time, the debate rages on (or at least rages on in a generous holiday spirit) about which is which.

In Albuquerque and parts south, luminarias are known as the little candles put in a paper bag and anchored with sand that line driveways, walkways, roofs and walls on Christmas Eve.

North of here, especially in Santa Fe, those little bags are farolitos, and luminarias are little, or big, bonfires that light the way for the Christ child.

Some people can get a little snitty about which is which growing up in Albuquerque, I didn't hear the term farolito until I heard about the dispute. …

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