2020 has been a year of unconventional events and celebrations, as people buckle down (separately) to flatten the curve of COVID-19. UNM’s annual Hanging of the Greens will still spark the spirit of the holidays this year – igniting the soul despite being held virtually.
Hanging of the Greens is UNM's oldest student tradition. Although the community won't be able to tour the luminarias on UNM main campus, the Student Activities Center (SAC) and Mortarboard Association are excited to connect Lobos virtually to share in the tradition.
On-campus students will be able to pick up kits that include paper bags and candles to make their own luminarias. Kits will be available to students in the Residence Halls and can be picked up Nov. 17 – 19 by contacting RHA. Kits will also include biscochitos and a hot cocoa mix provided by the UNM Office of the President.
Students are encouraged to tag @unmmortarboard and @unmalumni with pictures of their luminaria decorated spaces for a chance to win prizes provided by the UNM Bookstore and sponsored by UNM Alumni Relations.
Throughout the day on Nov. 20, there will be virtual events held on Zoom and the UNM Social Media channels, including President Stokes being presented the wreath which Hanging of the Greens is named for (keep an eye on Instagram for the video).
History of Luminarias / Farolitos
Learn how to fold the bags and hear a bit of history on Luminarias / Farolitos.
Workshops will be hosted at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Use Zoom Meeting ID: 995 6043 5210
Wreath Making 101
See how Ansely Emeanuwa, the flower guy and UNM's reigning Homecoming King, designs and creates the showpiece wreath that will be presented to President Stokes and displayed at University House.
Caroling with Something Major A Cappella
Tune in the UNM Social Media channels to see a takeover by Something Major A Cappella.
"The Polar Express" will available to students all day – visit movies.unm.edu for access.
Nostalgic for the luminaria lit walkways of UNM's Main Campus? Here's a video to warm the heart: