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 (făr′ə-lē′tō, fär′-)
n. pl. fa·ro·li·tos New Mexico

[Spanish, paper lantern, diminutive of farol, lantern, from faro, lighthouse, lantern, from Latin pharus, from Pharus, Pharos.]
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a paper lantern used by Hispanic people in Christmas processions
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"Rudolfo Anaya's The Farolitos of Christmas, with "Season of Renewal and "A Child's Christmas in New Mexico, 1944" is a collection of three beloved Christmas stories from the writings of author Anaya, with a poignant introduction by the author in the Preface that ends with these inviting words: "These stories are primarily for children, but I'm sure they can touch the hearts of young and old, parents or grandparents.
Bonfires light the way, as do the little paper-bag lanterns called farolitos. The scent of pinon pine smoke fills the air.
Hay mucho rojo, hay farolitos de papel y en el techo se ven figuras de dragon.
New Mexico is famous for its 200 year-old tradition of lighting luminarias (or farolitos) on Christmas Eve.
The Farolitos of Christmas tells of a proud grandfather and his loving family.