Welcome back trivia lovers! Last week I asked, “At which U.S. festival is a large wooden effigy burnt on the Saturday of the weeklong event?” If your guess is Burning Man then you know your festivals!
Held in Black Rock City, Nevada, this festival transforms the desert into an epic art lovers dream. Founded in 1986, Burning Man has evolved from 20 attendees to over 67,000 in 2015. It is held from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September. Because of the amount of people that show up to the event, it actually makes Black Rock the 3rd largest city in Nevada during this week.
The event was founded upon 10 principles: radical inclusion, self-reliance, self-expression, community, cooperation, gifting, decommodification, leaving no trace, civic responsibility, participation, and immediacy. What this means is everyone helps out and everyone shares. There are no vendors so everything you need you will either bring with you or be gifted from other festival attendees. Even the showers are a community event. Before you use the washrooms you must dedicate your time to helping others wash. Thats right you will be assigned a job of rinser, sudser or scrubber. Which means this festival is not for the shy.
Aside from the camaraderie the event instills in its visitors, the festival is actually centered around world class art. According to the Burning Man website the instillations will blow you away. And of course it couldn’t be Burning Man without the burning man. In 1986 founders Larry Harvey and Jerry Jame burned a 9 foot tall man and small wooden dog, which would soon become a tradition of their week long festival. One of the main roots of the festival is bonfires so the significance of the burning man is a core event.
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