Zozobra 2018: The 94th 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.
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.
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.
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 94th Annual Burning of the Zozobra, go to www.burnzozobra.com/event-information/