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20 Magical Luminaries

By on December 17, 2014

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Down throughout the ages, the light from a fire has been used as a destination beacon to many a weary traveler. To them, the light from a fire represented many things: a resting point, a place to get warm, and a spot to feel welcomed. With this in mind, it is very easy to see that luminaries have been a working part of our lives and an integral part of various cultures. The presence of these beautifully glowing small paper lanterns can make an artistic (and historic) impression.

One popular belief about the history of luminaries is that they originated from Spanish merchants. They were impressed by the paper lanterns that they encountered in China and they decided to make their own version of these very special paper lanterns. With the addition of a light source, the paper lanterns began to be called luminarias meaning “festival light” and a new tradition began.

As the tradition was carried into the New World, these special luminaries still carry a great significance in both New Mexico and the Southwest region of the United States during different times of unique and special observance throughout the year. The basic practice of creating these haunting luminaries began by simply placing a candle in sand and then setting it inside a colorful bag of some sort.

With such an extraordinary history, luminaries have developed into a true art form. They are a beautiful addition to any home and can create a striking effect that is ideal for various holiday seasons. They are wonderful for numerous celebrations and for many ways. Because there is such a strong history, there are a multitude of luminaries out there, each one unique and designed with a certain purpose in mind. It doesn’t matter if it is holiday or simply a way to light the evening, luminaries provide a welcoming glow and have for a very long time.

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