The Luminaria Ceremony is a ceremony of remembrance and hope. It is a way to honor survivors and those who have lost the battle to cancer. It is a time to grieve for those we have lost, to reflect on our own or loved ones cancer experience, and to find hope that tomorrow holds the promise of a cancer-free world.
Luminaria are bags with names written on them of those who have fought or are currently fighting the battle against cancer. Whether they have won their battle, currently fighting, or have lost their life because of cancer, Luminaria are symbols of Hope. The light inside each Luminaria represents a life, which shines with the Hope for a cancer-free world.
Luminaria bags typically have “In Memory of [Name]” or “In Honor of [Name]” written on them. Many participants decorate them using markers, photos, or other memorabilia to make the Luminaria unique and special. Some people cut stars, circles, or other shapes out of the bag to enhance their glow when lit.