The year 2021 draws to a close, and while the year began a bit like a 2020 hangover, a sense of normalcy permeates the Land of Enchantment (finally). Thank the vaccine if you wish or thank the less restrictive orders, but as New Mexicans, we know the real reason for the lighthearted atmosphere going into the holiday season, and it’s the burning of all the state’s glooms in Zozobra! Never was there a better time in the state’s history to burn citizen’s glums and gloomies in a 50 foot marionette than the 2020 and 2021 Zozobra burning events. And that’s quite a statement considering that the event is nearly 100 years old (it began in 1924) and has seen the Black Friday Stock Market Crash, several World Wars, and September 11, 2001.
If you were not present at the annual burn to submit your glooms in person, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe hosts a space on the Zozobra website to enter in your gloom so that it will be printed and stuffed in the burning man. Plan ahead and submit early for 2022. Glooms like an ended relationship, pandemic frustrations, a nagging boss, money probs, or a general existential crisis all have a place in the cavernous torso of Zozobra.
Relive the 2021 burning here: