Burn Your Troubles Away With Zozobra

Zozobra Burning Wipes the Slate Clean

by G G Collins     (Copyright 2014)

Zozobra Wikimedia Commons

Zozobra Wikimedia Commons

Ever wanted to just start all over? You can! Attend the Burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe August 29th. Every year Santa Feans are cleansed of their gloom by burning the world’s largest marionette. It draws 50,000 people or more so be sure you’ve got those hotel reservations confirmed.

A “gloom box” is located near the stage. Write down your troubles and drop them in the box (there are also “gloom” cans in shops around the city). The contents of the “gloom box” are set at the feet of Old Man Gloom to be burned with fireworks.

When Zozobra begins to moan and groan, he can be heard throughout the city. Take a look at a video by Luke Fitch of the burning. He filmed it with a DJI Phantom quadcopter. This is an amazing clip and Fitch’s other videos are worth a look too.


The 50-foot (15.21 m) clown/monster made the Guinness World Records in 2007, but he’s been the big guy in Santa Fe since 1924. Gloomy folks begin to arrive around noon although the burning doesn’t start until dusk. The show goes on even if it rains, but with 300+ days of sunshine in Santa Fe, that almost never happens. No dogs or lawn chairs allowed so bring a blanket and take a picnic.

Zozobra at his Moment of Clarity

Zozobra at his Moment of Clarity Wikimedia Commons


The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe produces the fundraiser which requires 3500 volunteer hours to pull off. It uses the proceeds for scholarships, youth projects and camp fees for physically challenged children. Your $10 goes to provide good things. Tickets are available right up until burn time.

If you can’t make it and still want to burn your troubles, go to:


Zozobra, Burn Baby Burn Wikimedia Commons

Zozobra, Burn Baby Burn
Wikimedia Commons


Roll down the page until you see the black box with Zozobra in it. Type in your worries and burn, burn, burn!



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About G G Collins

Writer of Paranormal Mystery Series, Cozy Mystery Series, Teen & Young Adult Fiction. Reporter. Blogger.

Posted on August 13, 2014, in About, On Location in Santa Fe, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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