A partnership between the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Storyriders (Dolores Gonzales, Valle Vista and Hawthorne Elementary Schools) and Artful Life
Join us for a one day celebration of the small paper bag lanterns with sand and candles that some call “farolitos ” and others call “luminarias”–a New Mexico tradition.
3-4 pm: “Luminaria y Farolito—History/Legend/Myth of the Little Brown Bag with a Candle and Sand.” Talk and Community Story-Sharing.
4-6 pm: “Iluminarte” booth–make your own luminaria/farolito work of art.
5-7 pm: Pop Fizz and La Fonda del Bosque open for dinner. Snacks for sale in the plaza.
4:30 pm: Start of illuminated bicycle parade/desfile de bicicletas illuminadas led by Storyriders, their families, and the general public along the Paseo del Bosque Trail. Free and open to the public. Arrive at 4 pm at the NW side of the NHCC parking lot to start the ride at 4:30. Wear your “Team Farolito” or “Team Luminaria” t-shirt and adorn yourself with lights. Register for the parade HERE.
Order your t-shirt (quantities limited) HERE.
5:30 pm: Cyclists arrive at the NHCC plaza which is adorned with luminarte—special luminarias/farolitos. Riders parade in a pattern in front of the pyramid steps.
5:30 pm: Cyclists can park their bikes with a free bike valet in the Salon Ortega patio courtyard.
6 pm: Indoor event – free and open to the public.
- Kids’ iluminarte and writing on display
- Meet and greet with young artists
- Refreshments and conversation: chocolate (hot chocolate) and biscochitos
7:30: “Luminaria” vs “Farolito” Poetry Slam (poets ages 16+). Apply for the “Luminaria” vs “Farolito” Poetry Slam HERE. Cash prize for the winning poet/poem.