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.


Spanish, paper lantern, diminutive of farol, lantern, from faro, lighthouse, lantern, from Latin pharus, from Pharus, Pharos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • 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).

    Jalape├▒a Christmas: a holiday in Xalapa


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