Fiestas de Santa Fe & Zozobra
A fiesta like no other...
While traditionally we gather to celebrate the Spanish reconquest of the city from the Pueblo Indians, the festival has come to encompass a children’s pet parade, the Hysterical/Historical Parade, mariachi’s and music on the plaza, arts and crafts festivals, the Fiesta Ball and the burning of Zozobra.
Having a bad year? Then this may be the perfect time to join our Santa Fe festivities. On the Friday before Labor Day each September and to kick off 3 days of celebration, there is an incredible burning of a 50 foot marionette puppet named Zozobra at Fort Marcy Park. While Zozobra literally translates to “anxiety” in Spanish, it is his other name “Old Man Gloom” that describes him best. Stuffed with bushels of shredded paper, which traditionally included old police reports, paid-off mortgage papers, divorce papers, and slips of paper with tales of woe, this giant puppet literally embodies gloom.
These days people are encouraged to write down exactly what is causing them gloom to leave in the “gloom box” in the weeks leading up to the burn. These worry-filled boxes are then left at the foot of Zozobra to burn alongside him. It is through this tradition that Santa Feans have been able to shed their worries and troubles of the year past in flames and celebration.
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