“Las Posadas,” which means lodging or inn, uses luminarias or farolitos, depending on your tradition, as a way of symbolically lighting the path for Mary and Joseph on their procession to find shelter. The Mexican tradition evolved from 16th century Spanish missionaries. They lit bonfires along the roads and churchyards to guide people to Midnight Mass on the final night of the celebration of “Las Posadas.” To honor this tradition, and ring in the festive holiday season, about 225 small brown paper sacks filled with sand and a candle are set out and lit on the portico, front and side walls, for this one-night event at Tombstone Courthouse SHP at 6 pm.
Dec. 9: Lighting of the Luminarias at Tombstone Courthouse SHP
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Source: Arizona State Parks