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The Burning of Zozobra

At Santa Fe’s annual Burning of Zozobra, people come together to let go of their individual disappointments, gripes, troubles, and all-around bad vibes.

Arts & Entertainment / Aug 30, 2023

Meet Zozobra's Keeper

Jacob Romero keeps the flame as the builder of Old Man Gloom.

By Julia Goldberg

Arts & Entertainment / Aug 30, 2023

Turn Your Glooms into Smoke

Want to get rid of your gloom? Here’s some inspiration from last year, written by people who agreed to disclose their own personal glooms.

By Julia Goldberg

Arts & Entertainment / Aug 30, 2023

Tips for Zozobra Newbies

Here’s how to get the most out of your Zozobra experience.

By Julia Goldberg

100th Anniversary / Aug 31, 2022

Meet Dr. Frankenstein Shuster

As the creator of the annual Santa Fe tradition, Will Shuster burns with a desire to be rid of this gloom—or does he actually love it?


As a part of New Mexico Magazine's centennial celebration, we'll be looking back at some of the stories from the past 100 years. This story appeared in the August 1960 edition. IF WILL SHUSTER ever