from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. New Mexico See luminaria.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Porto Rico the balloon-vine, Cardiospermum Halicacabum, so called from the fancied resembance of its inflated fruit to a miniature paper lantern.
A custom familiar mostly to the state of Veracruz, La Rama is a tradition that begins on the 16th and continues until the 23rd of December (along with the Posadas and Pastorelas: please see other Mexico Connect articles) and is usually done by youngsters from age 6 to 16 who take a branch from some tree or bush, adorn it with tinsel, ballons, Spanish moss, silver stars or bright ornaments and perhaps a farolito (paper lamp).