What is the tradition of burning the "Old Man"?This is an old tradition done on December 31st, on which day an effigy made from old clothes is made and set afire, thereby burning to ashes all the troubles and problems of the past 12 months and beginning a new year afresh without any worries or sorrows. People dance and sing in happiness, saying a glad farewell to the effigy known as "Old Man Gloom".
Read this interesting article on Santa Fe's Old Man effigy, known as "Zozobra": Goodbye Old Man Gloom!
Check out the photos of an old man prepared for the ritual burning on December 31st:
|An old man ready for burning, while another headless lies at his feet one lies at his feet|
|A cardboard hold up the old man|