The Burning Man Festival

The Burning Man Festival

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The name alone invited curiosity, and a curious event it is. Burning man is a week long celebration that takes place annually. It is a public display of human expression, hope, and the future. It takes  place on San Francisco’s Baker Beach. It began in 1986, and since then has transported itself to the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. It has always been right at home in the United States.

The event changes dates, but always begins on the very last Monday in August, and ends in the first Monday in September. This also includes the American Labour Day holiday. The are are lights, rides, people dancing, people signing, and of course, the great burning of a giant large wooden effigy, set alight on Saturday evening. There are tonnes of things to do, and the activities keep expanding and increasing in number until it comes to a satisfying climax at the death or burning of the giant wooden man.

The event is an expression of art, community, radical self-expression, and self-reliance. Underneath is all, Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. It has grown in attendance since its origin, and in 2011, it capped at 50,000 people. In 2014, the attendance rose to 65,922. Recently, the “Burning Man Project” was formed, making it much more organized and pushing it to be a not for profit celebration.

Burning Man is a wonder to experience and see. Some people truly believe that is expresses freedom and joy in humanity and all it’s faults and pleasures. Other see it as a wild party. What’s your opinion?