Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordy Wednesday - Zozobra: Old Man Gloom

When I lived in Santa Fe, they had a yearly tradition where they burned Zozobra. If you want more info, follow the link where you will get a lot more info on what a Zozobra is. But every year, Santa Feans come together and burn old Zozobra down to the ground. In the three years we lived there, we never partook of the festivities because we are old fuddy duddy's who hate crowds.

The burning of Zozobra according to the site: is a fiery and exciting kick-off to the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe during the weekend following Labor Day. And that's exactly what they do. They burn that sucker down to the ground. I love it because I love fire. Not in a creepy arsonist way but just as "boy fire is cool" way. Basically you burn Old Man Gloom, as Zozobra is called, so the coming year the people will have no gloom and doom. It's just a really cool tradition.

I always wanted to have something with Zozobra because it was so unique to Santa Fe. And I loved Santa Fe. Last year, when I went on the Zozobra site and found a Zozobra bobble-head, I was so super duper excited and immediately bought it. A few hours later my dreams of owning a Zozobra collectible were dashed when I got an email telling me they were sold out. Boo!

But then a few weeks later, I got another email telling me that they were getting a new item and if I wanted to have that instead, I could. I said yes. Yesterday it came in the mail. It is the most fantastic thing ever. Yeah, I am a geek, sue me.

Now besides all my other mementos of Santa Fe, I have a Zozobra water globe to remind me of that magical place I once lived in. YAY me.



  1. Love it!!! really nice story!

    I'm thinking about doing something similar by my own, to shake away all the bad things of this year, I want to start a fresh and renovating new year!
    Thanks, for this post, love it!!

  2. I like the tradition and story behind it, but keep that creepy thing away from me!

  3. I've never heard of that, but it sounds totally cool! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That's a little creepy looking LOL, but a neat story! I'd love to visit Santa Fe one day.

  5. I lived in Albuquerque for 2 years and don't remember hearing about this festival.

    slehan at juno dot com