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An acequia, while beautifully named, is not an intrinsically lovely thing (the term literally means "irrigation ditch"). These often community-operated waterways are traditional to Spain and wind through the cities and towns of former Spanish colonies, including New Mexico. Acequias also serve an important cultural and practical function in Albuquerque as they transport one of our most precious resources and remind us of an agrarian past. For the seventh year in a row, the Vecinos del Bosque Neighborhood Association and other partners will light up the South Valley Acequia, inviting visitors to join them on a holiday stroll featuring nearly 1,000 luminarias. Take in the sights and enjoy refreshments and carolers, including children from the neighborhood singing holiday classics early in the evening. The decorated route runs behind Holy Family Church, and parking is available at Holy Family or in the rear lot of Valle Vista Elementary.