U.S. Eagle and Zozobra (And What It Means for You)
95 years ago, a New Mexican tradition was born: The Burning of Zozobra. What or who is Zozobra? The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe. Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom, was created by Will Shuster who belonged to a group of artists known as the Cinco Pintores that made their way to New Mexico in the 1920s.
Zozobra is the enemy of all that is good, and his intent is to cast darkness and despair over the city. He is reborn annually due to our own wicked behavior throughout the year. Zozobra can only be destroyed by his eternal enemy, the Fire Spirit. The Spirit dances around Zozobra while waiving blazing torches and finally defeats the evil monster by lighting him on fire to be burned to ashes. Pretty cool, right?
As a sponsor of this year’s event, this means a couple of things for our members and the community as a whole:
- Discounted tickets & transportation: discounted tickets will be available to purchase at the following branches:
Members receive a $5.00 discount on tickets and non-members $2.00. Express passes and rail-runner passes will also be available for purchase through Friday, August 29th!
- Relief from gloominess: We’ll be offering “gloomy notes” at the locations listed above. Fill out the gloomy note with a worry you wish to relieve. The notes will then be collected and stuffed inside Zozobra’s head to go down in flames during the event.
- You could win tickets to Zozobra: We’ll be running some social media contests throughout the month of August, so make sure to like and keep an eye on our social pages! Trust us when we say, you won’t want to miss out!