Santa Fe fiesta to kick off with burning of giant Zozobra effigy

For the 91st year, the City of Santa Fe in New Mexico will set fire to a giant marionette effigy named Zozobra.

Burning of Zozobra, Santas Fe, 2007.

Burning of Zozobra, Santas Fe, 2007. Image by Will Keightley / CC BY-SA 2.0

As part of the Fiestas de Santa Fe, the burning represents the destruction of worry and the troubles of the previous year, and it kicks off a Labor Day weekend of events such as an arts and crafts fair, mariachi concerts and food stands.

First designed in 1924 by American painter William Shuster, the puppet began as only a 6ft figure, but over the years has grown to 50ft tall. Read more:

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