The University of New Mexico truly is never more beautiful than on the evening of the “Hanging of the Greens.” On Friday, Nov. 30, lights from some 14,000 farolitos (or luminarias) will again cast an enchanting spell across campus for one of UNM’s oldest traditions.
The UNM Mortar Board Senior Honor Society organizes the event and provides student organizations with the necessary sand, bags and candles to construct the luminarias, which are then set in walkways, doorways rooftops and walls to create a glowing spectacle.
The festivities begin outside the UNM Bookstore at 5:45 p.m. with hot chocolate and biscochitos. The caroling tour begins shortly thereafter and concludes with a reception on the lawn outside at University House and the traditional presentation of the wreath.
In conjunction with the Hanging of the Greens, the President’s Office hosts a reception at University House from 6–8 p.m., where posole, spiced cider, and more hot chocolate and biscochitos will be served. The UNM community is invited and attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped children’s book to place under the University House tree. Books will be donated to UNM Children’s Hospital.
Hanging of the Greens has been a tradition since Lena C. Clauve, former UNM student and UNM Dean of Women, began it in the 1930s. The tradition started with students driving to the Sandia Mountains, where they would gather greenery, which they would use to decorate the Student Union Building.
In the spirit of the season, an invitation is extended to one and all to come to campus Saturday morning when the luminarias will be free for the taking.