Every year at the beginning of December and the holiday season, groups come together to put on one of the oldest student traditions at UNM: Hanging of the Greens. They set up 14,000 luminarias around campus, one of the largest displays in the state. The set-up takes place throughout the day, but come nightfall the main festivities of the Hanging of the Greens begin. The event brings hundreds of students and members of the Lobo family together outside the UNM Bookstore. From there, the group carols across campus in a parade to the University House, where they present the President with a wreath to hang on the gate – hence “Hanging of the Greens.” The evening concludes with a reception at Hodgin Hall, where the caroling continues and all attending are able to enjoy hot chocolate, posole, and many other favorite dishes. All in all, it’s another festive way for Lobos to start the holidays.