Every year, at the beginning of December, groups on campus come together to put on one of the oldest student traditions at The University of New Mexico, Hanging of the Greens. 13,000 luminarias are set up around campus in one of the largest public displays in the state. Each decorated area of campus is set up by different student groups and organizations that prepare throughout the week for the event by folding paper bags and filling each one with sand and a candle.
Come nightfall, Hanging of the Greens festivities begin as the candles in the paper bags are lit. The event brings hundreds of students and members of the Lobo community together, beginning outside the UNM Bookstore. From there, groups of people can carol across campus to the University House, where Mortar Board students present the President of the University with a wreath to hang on the entrance gate – hence “Hanging of the Greens.” Evening strolls conclude with a casual reception at Hodgin Hall, where the caroling continues and all attending can enjoy hot chocolate, biscochito cookies, posole and many other favorite dishes. All in all, it’s another festive way for Lobos to start the holidays.
The 2021 Hanging of the Greens The Lobo Life adventure features students from the UNM Mortar Board and ASUNM.