It's a somewhat terrifying, somewhat satisfying celebration that has been part of the city’s culture since 1926. Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom, is a 55-foot "puppet" with moving arms and an eerie moaning voice. He represents all of last year's troubles and worries. During the time he is being constructed each year, people write down their worries or problems on a piece of paper, and the bits of paper are packed inside the puppet, and all that paper (and all those problems) taken together make for quite a spectacular fire.
Zozobra has caused evil in the past year and now the ghosts will get him and he will be set aflame. At one point during the Night of Zozobra in Fort Marcy Park, people begin to chant "BURN HIM! BURN HIM!" and he flame dancers tease Zozobra until the last moment when he is finally torched.
Zozobra wails and moans and waves his arms and when he burns enough, his head sets off a fireworks display. The ritual in essence destroys gloom for the coming new year by burning away the god of gloom or worry – Zozobra. It's a significant event in Northern New Mexico. The first fews years we lived here we were freaked out by it (that huge figure screaming and waving his arms, with a couple of thousand people chanting, and then this immense fire, well trust us, it's eerie), then mystified, but now it's just 'oh yeah, Zozobra time.' When Collective Troll posted a dilemma he had recently, we got to thinking about Zozobra in the realm of baseball cards.
Thus we ask, in the past year of baseball card experiences for you, what piece of cardboard would you like to drop in Zozobra? What baseball card product or frustration or concern would you most like to burn away along with Old Man Gloom?