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Zozobra To Meet Another Fiery End

Photo by KJZZ

Zozobra To Meet Another Fiery End

Photo by KJZZ

Zozobra To Meet Another Fiery End

Fall brings many traditions to New Mexico: the smell of roasting green chile, the sounds of high school football and the burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe.

"Old Man Gloom," a 50-foot tall puppet effigy, will be torched Thursday as part of La Fiesta de Santa Fe celebrations. The Santa Fe New Mexicandescribes his purpose:

As he blazes up, Zozobra takes with him hundreds, even thousands of symbols of bad luck that Santa Feans have stuffed inside him - everything from paid-off mortgages and old wedding dresses to memos of office problems or poems recalling sorrows.

The act of burning the puppet - which in previous years had been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest - represents a belief in catharsis through fire.

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