Mona's Family Emporium
Listen to hear more about Luminarios and being the light while leading.
As I sit her in my porch this rainy evening, I’m reminded of the story of Mary and Joseph as they traveled to new places to find refuge. With cultures changing over time, some of the Mexican heritage traditions have been lost, but an important one that my family continues to embrace is that of the luminarios. Luminarios are bags filled with candles inside or in the case of modern invention, electrical light bulbs. Las Posadas is a procession of biblical characters that sing as they reenact the search for a place to receive the holy child. Spaniards brought this tradition to Mexico and since most of the western region of the U.S. was part of Mexico, including Texas, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona and more, the tradition has continued for generations.
The luminarios are lit to lead the path to the location where a door will finally be opened and be allowed to enter and be served hot chocolate, churros, buñuelos or some type of cookie. It is celebrated a little different around the regions of Mexican heritage in the United States.
In all, the important take is that this community building brought much sharing and openness to accept those in need.