On the last Sunday of
October, friends gather in the South Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico for an amazing autumn ritual – the
burning of El Kookooee. The giant
effigy, designed by local school children, towers thirty feet above the crowd. Dance troupes twirl and shimmy. Scraps of paper containing scribbled
fears and worries are tossed inside the giant, and burned up in flames.
South Valley burns away the darkness of the underworld. In the 500 year cycle, 2012 will bring us into the light. Xochipilli Aztec Dancers open the night followed by a Condolence Blessing, Raks Zeina Belly Dancers, and finally, a group of fire dancers light the effigy. Grooves of DJKossi and Michael Tinker. Celebrate the harvest and burn your worries away!