Tuesday, April 1, 2014


L is for Luminaria.  Luminaria are paper bags filled with sand and illuminated by a small light or candle.  My wife and I have been involved in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life for a number of years. Each Relay For Life has a Luminaria Ceremony that offers everyone at Relay the opportunity to honor and remember those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Luminaria also raise money for Relay For Life.  The Luminaria are placed around the track and lit as sunset approaches. As night falls it is a beautiful and poignant scene to see all the lit luminaria.


Relay For Life is a passion of ours because of all of the family members and friends who have battled cancer. We decorated a float for a Christmas parade here in Mena. Our theme was Luminaria. We made a large Luminaria from a refrigerator box, and we lit it with a floor lamp. We had Luminaria all along the sides of the float that we lit with glow sticks.

Luminaria on Christmas Parade Float

Relay For Life Float

If you have never been involved in a Relay For Life, find out if there is one in your community and become a part of it. In 2013 there were over 5,000 Relay For Life events with over 4 million people participating. Don't miss out on the fun of this important event. Last year over 400 million dollars was raised by Relay For Life for cancer research, education, advocacy and service.

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  1. I have been involved in this in the past. It's such a wonderful event. I love luminaries. They look like little lights of hope and have such a calming effect.
    Visiting from ABC Wednesday

  2. A very worthy cause.
    Beautiful float commemerating those touched by cancer.

  3. How wonderful ,Richard, that you and your wife join this group of people who want to commemorate the cancer patients and their families. A very good cause.
    Wil, ABCW Team

  4. Looks beautiful !
    ABC team

  5. They are so beautiful at night. What a wonderful way to use them. - Margy

  6. I first saw luminaries 48 years ago in New Mexico. Albuquerque in old town lights entire neigborhoods.