On Christmas Eve, some people line their sidewalks or driveways with bags of sand that have candles in them. Here's an impressive display:
What are these pretty lights called? In some parts of the U.S., including my state of Florida where many people speak Spanish, they are called "luminarias," or the more traditional term--"farolitos." Farolito seems to be especially popular in New Mexico.
When we lived on the East coast, the French-derived term "luminaires" was sometimes used, but more often, the lights were called "luminaries."
What is a luminary?
A candle in a bag of sand is not a person who inspires or influences others. It is not an artificial light.
Always try to use the correct word in your writing. It leads to greater clarity.
Use luminarias, farolitos, or luminaires, depending on which word is preferred in your area.
I realize I have not answered the questions about grammar that you asked when I introduced TIP TUESDAY. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about your grammatical concerns. I'm a bit off schedule because of editing I need to do and because it's time to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I promise I will answer your questions, but it probably won't happen until January.
God bless you all, dear ones.
Infinities of love,