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.