Phoenix is still pretty hot in September and you may want a getaway to scenic Santa Fe, New Mexico where a 7,000 foot elevation guarantees a cooler climate.
September in Santa Fe is an amazing time. The aspens are turning yellow and there is a crisp feeling in the morning as fall approaches. It’s Fiesta time and there are some weird things happening. Many of these celebrations are well-known by the locals but complete surprises to the visitors. Here’s one event that will have you intrigued.
The Burning of Zozobra
Easily the most popular Fiesta event takes place at Fort Marcy Park with the Burning of Zozobra, also known as “Old Man Gloom.” At the ceremony, Zozobra, a 50-foot tall white marionette typically dressed in a black bow-tie, black belt and cuffs, neon green glowing eyes and huge red lips, goes up in flames to burn away all of the hardships and disappointments of the past year. There is no way to overstate the spectacle, party atmosphere, and sheer zaniness of Zozobra.
Zozobra is by far the most popular of the Fiesta events. You have to buy tickets to get into the park where the burning will happen. And, if you have a ticket, you are warned to go early as organizers are limiting the number of people attending.
According to the official Zozobra website, although the Fiestas celebration dates back to 1712, renowned Santa Fe artist Will Shuster added Zozobra in 1924. Kiwanis became officially involved in 1963. Shuster assigned all rights, title and interest in Zozobra on June 19th, 1964 to The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, which retains exclusive copyright and Trademark to the figure. Thus Kiwanis continues the Zozobra tradition, and as a major fund raiser has become a great way for Santa Feans to participate in community service. More on the history of Zozobra
More Information and Dates for Fiesta Events
About Santa Fe Fiesta
Santa Fe Fiesta Website