The roots of Burning Man began as a bonfire in 1986 in which a wooden figure man and dog were set on fire as a form of self-expressionism. Since then, the bonfire has escalated into a national event/festival, and once a year, tens of thousands of people migrate to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for a week long extravaganza dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. Do not worry about standing out among this crowd, as people dress up and dress down to express their individuality in many different and unique ways. Travelers become a part of the growing community of Burners who are active year-round world-wide… keeping the Burning Man culture aflame. The festival gets its name from a ritual of the large wooden effigy man (approximately 15 feet tall) that is set on fire on the last day of the event. This festival is not like your typical music festivals with planned events and performers… it is quite the opposite as the participants create almost everything within the city and interact in the art and performance that makes up a completely different kind of experience. Burning Man is an experience in itself that everyone should participate in at least once in their life! Burning Man falls around Labor Day week, and this year kicks off today and runs through September 2nd.
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