HATFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The idea of tonight’s Luminarium ceremony was to create a joyful, holiday spirit for those who may associate this time of year with sadness or tragedy. Crowds gathered at Hatfield’s Memorial Town Hall on Sunday night at 6:00 the time of the winter solstice, and the official beginning of winter.
They lit luminaries together in honor of loved ones they’ve lost during the holiday season, and to represent creating a light onto any darkness they may experience during the winter season.
Welly Graves told 22News “If you’re going through a difficult time like losing somebody, sometimes being together and just the light kind of makes you feel good and can lift your spirits up.”
This is the city’s 34th annual Luminarium, complete with lit-up wagons and floats, where residents wished each other a happy holiday season.
Residents and visitors to Hatfield came together to sing Christmas carols as a way to celebrate the Christmas season, and also the multiple reasons why they should be together.
William Walker told 22News “It just is a wonderful reminder of the time of the year and the things that are important with family and friends and community.”
Katie Hanning told 22News “Reaching out and sharing that with others is just an amazing gift to share with my kids and let them be a part of that.”
Many others told 22News the Hatfield Luminarium is an annual family tradition to wish each other happy holidays, and to share in each other’s company before the start of the New Year.
One couple told us tonight they even made the Luminarium the location of their wedding, and have returned over the past several years to celebrate the anniversary.