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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.