"Burn Zozobra" refers to an annual event in Santa Fe, New Mexico, known as the "Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra" or simply "Zozobra." Zozobra is a giant marionette effigy that represents Old Man Gloom. The event usually takes place during the Santa Fe Fiesta, and its primary purpose is to symbolically burn away the worries and troubles of the past year.

The tradition began in 1924 when artist Will Shuster created the first Zozobra as part of a private party. Over the years, the event has grown into a public spectacle, attracting locals and visitors alike. The effigy is filled with shredded paper representing people's written glooms or troubles, which are then set on fire during the event. The burning of Zozobra is accompanied by music, fireworks, and a festive atmosphere, serving as a unique and cathartic way for the community to let go of negativity and welcome a new beginning.

Proud to be an integral part of the rich cultural tapestry of Santa Fe, Fireworks by Western played a key role in the annual Burning of Zozobra event. With a commitment to enhancing community celebrations, we provided a breathtaking fireworks display that served as the grand crescendo to the symbolic burning of Old Man Gloom. Our skilled team meticulously choreographed the fireworks to complement the vibrant energy of the event, illuminating the night sky in a dazzling array of colors and patterns. Contributing to the magical atmosphere of the Santa Fe Fiesta, our fireworks not only added to the spectacle but also elevated the sense of communal joy and renewal that defines this cherished tradition in the city.

Burn zozobra, New Mexico

January 13th, 2021


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