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The Burning of the Zozobra

Fort Marcy Park Sunset / Photo ©I am New Mexico

The 93rd Annual Burning of the Zozobra

For many New Mexican’s, the burning of the Zozobra is a family tradition. It’s been held annually for ninety-two years during the Santa Fe Fiestas (Las Fiesta). The burning of the Zozobra (Spanish for anxiety), Old Man Gloom, is a time when many write down their troubles and anxieties on a piece of paper and put it in the “gloom box”, which is set at the Zozobra’s feet. By burning the effigy, it’s supposed to rid your life of those worries and troubles.

Zozobra / Photo ©I am New Mexico

In 1924, Santa Fe Artist  Gustave Baumann and friend William Shuster, Jr., conspired together to build the enormous marionette and promote the event which has been held every year since.

Zozobra / ©I am New Mexico
Zozobra / Photo ©I am New Mexico

In our modern-day celebration, over 50,000 people attend the event. Concessions, vendors, and artists will take care of any of your event needs while you’re there. After Zozobra has burned, the sky is lit from a fireworks display to finish the night. This will kick off the 305th Fiestas de Santa Fe that will follow, which is being held from September 1st through the 10th.


Zozobra / Photo ©I am New Mexico

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this magical and enchanting event, then make your arrangments now, or you may have to stay at a hotel in Albuquerque.

For more information regarding the 93rd Annual Burning of the Zozobra, go to https://burnzozobra.com

Fireworks at the burning of the Zozobra / ©I am New Mexico

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