Survival Guide to the Burning Man Festival: First Timer’s Edition

If you have never heard of the Burning Man Festival, one of the first things you need to know is that it is a festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Every year since its inception, thousands of people gather together in this temporary city to express themselves through the community, and through their art.

The festival takes place every year beginning with the last Sunday of August and runs through to the first Monday in September. Therefore, the festival can be quite short, or rather long all depending on how the days fall in any given year.

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An important thing to know about the Burning Man Festival is that it’s a community of like-minded people coming together to explore various types of expression. These forms of expression are created in celebration for the sole purpose of everyone’s enjoyment.

The festival gets its name from the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, called “the man,” that usually happens on the Saturday evening of the event.

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