[loo-muh-nair-ee-uh; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryah]
noun, plural luminarias [loo-muh-nair-ee-uhz; Spanish loo-mee-nah-ryahs] .
(especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a Christmas lantern consisting of a lighted candle set in sand inside a paper bag.

1945–50; < Mexican Spanish, Spanish: any lamp or lantern displayed during a festival < Medieval Latin, Late Latin lūmināria, orig. neuter plural of lūmināris lamp; see lumen, -ar1 Unabridged
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Several library staff volunteered during the grand opening weekend, which included a luminaria procession and mariachi music.
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