September 1, 2015
Fall mornings and evenings; New Sacred Sites Guide and the burning of Zozobra
Welcome back September, and just as if right on schedule the mornings and evenings out here are getting a bit cooler and it seems I have to get a flannel shirt or a wrap to sit out. I know that technically there are twenty-two more days until fall, but in my book fall begins with September and the end of the summer months as we know them.
This week begins work on our new guide to sacred sites, places and events in New Mexico. I have already prepared a list that you may find here at the site but will now begin the research and reporting to make a separate guide page for each item on the list. This will take a while but the list is a great initial starting point and of course each item may be Googled for more info until we complete the guide. New Mexico is a treasure trove of sacred sites and such, many you will be familiar with and others will be surprising and maybe unheard of.
Coming up this week in Santa Fe, the burning of Zozobra which takes place at Ft. Marcy Park every year on the first Thursday after Labor Day. It is an interesting festival, originally developed in honor of La Conquistadora, where the believers shed the “old” from the year; these are represented in the ugly man that is burned. As the crowd watches their old ways go up in smoke; they are purged and cleansed.
Zozobra also kicks off the weekend of Santa Fe Fiesta, the oldest civic celebration in the nation, a weekend of fun, food, crafts and more.
Well back to work on the new sacred sites guide. I have a lot of work ahead!
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