It's official! New Mexico is the first state with a state aroma!
On Tuesday, March 28th Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 188 into law making "Green Chile Roasting The Fall" our official state aroma. The state aroma takes effect on June 16th.
In case you need a refresher...here's some more of New Mexico's symbols
New Mexico’s state symbols, poems and songs:
- State flower: Yucca.
- State bird: Chaparral, commonly called the “roadrunner.”
- State tree: Nut pine or piñon tree.
- State fish: Cutthroat trout.
- State animal (mammal): The New Mexico black bear.
- State vegetables: Chile and frijoles, or pinto beans.
- State gem: Turquoise.
- State grass: Blue Grama grass, or “Bouteloua gracillis.”
- State fossil: Coelophysis.
- State cookie: Biscochito, or bizcochito.
- State insect: The tarantula hawk wasp, or “Pepsis formosa.”
- State question: “Red or Green?”
- State answer: “Red and green or Christmas.”
- State nickname: “The Land of Enchantment.”
- State butterfly: The Sandia hairstreak.
- State reptile: The New Mexico whiptail lizard, or “Cnemidophorus neomexicanus.”
- State amphibian: The New Mexico spadefoot toad.
- State aircraft: Hot air balloon.
- State historical railroad / train: The Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad.
- State tie: The bolo tie.
- State necklace: The Native American squash blossom necklace.
- State capitol: The city of Santa Fe and the Roundhouse capitol building.
- State flag: Sometimes called “the Zia flag,” described as the red sun symbol of the Zia Pueblo, shown in a field of gold.
- State seal: A circle featuring an American Bald Eagle with outstretched wings shielding a smaller Mexican Eagle, symbolizing the change of sovereignty from Mexico to the United States in 1846. The phrase “Great Seal of the State of New Mexico *1912* is written on the edge of the circle.
- State motto: “It grows as it goes,” an English translation of the Latin phrase “Crescit Eundo.”
- State slogan (for business, commerce, industry): “Everybody is somebody in New Mexico.”
- State poem: “A Nuevo Mexico,” written by Luis Tafoya, in both English and Spanish.
- State folklorist: Claude Stephenson.
- State guitar: A guitar known as “the New Mexico sunrise.”
- State song – English: “O Fair New Mexico,” written by Elizabeth Garrett.
- State song – Spanish: “Asi Es Nuevo Mexico,” written by Amadeo Lucero.
- State ballad: “Land of Enchantment,” written by Michael Martin Murphey.
- State bilingual song: “Mi Lindo Nuevo Mexico,” written by Pablo Mares.
- State cowboy song: “Under the New Mexico Skies,” written by Syd Masters.