Photo of the week: Zozobra

Zozobra, photo Steve Collins

Zozobra, photo Steve Collins

This year the burning of Zozobra was been moved to the Friday that kicks off Labor Day weekend. In the past the burning of Old Man Gloom, the  unofficial kick-off for the Santa Fe Fiesta was held on the first Thursday after Labor Day.  Zozobra was created by artist Will Schuster, one of the Cinco Pintores in 1924. It first became a public celebration in 1926. The earliest Zozobras were about 20 feet high. This year’s is over 50 feet tall. People are encouraged to write their worries and trouble on a piece of paper and they put them into the large marionette. When he burns the troubles go up in smoke.  This photo is of this year’s Zozobra was taken on Friday afternoon, ready to be immolated by fire. May your troubles go up in smoke!

2 Responses to “Photo of the week: Zozobra”

  1. Lily Lau
    September 29, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    Hahaha, this Zozobra has completely caught me! :)

    • Billie Frank
      October 13, 2019 at 7:18 am #

      Zozbra is definitely surprising if you don’t expect him.

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