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Work of Art — Luminaria or farolito: That is the question

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By Art Trujillo

Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the 2013 edition of Tradiciones.

The question was: “What do you call those things you put a candle into and line your driveway with?” The answer was: “They’re luminarias, but in some places, they’re called farolitos.”

Alas, but a once-and-for-all answer is not possible. Researching something like the difference between the two terms, which surface each Christmas season, isn’t a question of exhaustive sources; rather, it’s a matter of being selective:


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