Santa Fe, New Mexico

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thewanderingtravelers:

Every year, to mark the beginning of fiestas, the Kiwanas Club of Santa Fe constructs a fifty foot tall marionette named Zozobra (old man gloom).  As his name suggests, Zozobra represents all of the doom and gloom of the coming year.  Participants can write down their own personal gloom and it is place at the bottom of Zozobra.  The night of the event, Fort Marcy Park fills with more than 40,000 people to watch Zozobra burn to the ground.  The pageantry of the event begins with a formal decree in which old man gloom is sentenced to death by fire for causing anguish and misery.  Soon after, a metal band begins a dark, pulsing song and dancers begin dancing around Zozobra.  Soon fire dancers begin to taunt Zozobra and as they come closer, he begins to shriek and wail.  This goes on for quite some time as fireworks begin to explode around the increasingly enraged Zozobra.  It is only a matter of time before he catches fire and is engulfed in flames as the crowd chants, “Burn him! Burn him!” In a blaze of glory, Zozobra, and all of the woes he brings, are nothing more than a pile a smoldering rubble.
Needless to say, it’s freaking amazing.

thewanderingtravelers:

Every year, to mark the beginning of fiestas, the Kiwanas Club of Santa Fe constructs a fifty foot tall marionette named Zozobra (old man gloom). As his name suggests, Zozobra represents all of the doom and gloom of the coming year. Participants can write down their own personal gloom and it is place at the bottom of Zozobra. The night of the event, Fort Marcy Park fills with more than 40,000 people to watch Zozobra burn to the ground. The pageantry of the event begins with a formal decree in which old man gloom is sentenced to death by fire for causing anguish and misery. Soon after, a metal band begins a dark, pulsing song and dancers begin dancing around Zozobra. Soon fire dancers begin to taunt Zozobra and as they come closer, he begins to shriek and wail. This goes on for quite some time as fireworks begin to explode around the increasingly enraged Zozobra. It is only a matter of time before he catches fire and is engulfed in flames as the crowd chants, “Burn him! Burn him!” In a blaze of glory, Zozobra, and all of the woes he brings, are nothing more than a pile a smoldering rubble.

Needless to say, it’s freaking amazing.

(Source: thewanderingtravelers)