lighting of ledoux 2012

Every winter, just a week or two before the solstice Taos, New Mexico hosts one of the most entertaining and beautiful holiday-season events around: The Lighting of LeDoux.

It all started in the way-back before the Spaniards ever set foot on this land. The pre-Christian people of the Mediterranean used to light gigantic bonfires on the tops of important mountains to celebrate the changing of the seasons – particularly

that of solstice, the darkest time of the year. We all know that this traditions wasn’t limited to the shores of the Iberian Peninsula

lighting of ledoux 2012

and surely the indigenous people of New Mexico has similar traditions prior to contact. In fact, it is silly to think these traditions don’t date back to the deepest times of humanity.

Read more and see more about this tradition…… and see yet another shot here and here.

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5 comments

  1. Comment by Cheryl Bleick

    Cheryl Bleick Reply December 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Quite lovely, but I must ask: Is the doorway listing? Or did you partake a bit much?

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply December 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

      I cant remember………

    • Comment by Cheryl Bleick

      Cheryl Bleick Reply December 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

      Set anything on fire, hmmmmm?

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply December 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Not this year, thank God. Man, I loved that coat.

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