Burning Man , a manifestation of love — The Burning Man Gathering at Black Rock Nevada

Burning Man is one of the world’s most famous events and its magnitude is overwhelming since a city of sorts is created for the event.

Burning Man 2012| Photo Bureau of Land Management via flickr , (CC BY 2.0)

Certain events and festivals are legendary throughout the world, and immediately incite awe and intrigue in people, as well as joy and excitement in those lucky few who have had the pleasure of actually attending these events. Burning Man is one of such events, and is one of the most famous festivals in the world, as well as a mainstay in travel mediums such as the Events and Festivals Blog.

Burning Man isn’t a festival in the classic sense, but more of a gathering that results in a temporary community whose aim is to share artistic-expression and talents in a setting that is focused on the pleasure of all participants involved.

The event operates on ten mandatory principles that function as the backbone of the entire concept. One of the most important principles is ‘gifting’, where participants are encourage to unconditionally gift anything from their talents to resources.

Another such principle is decommodification, where the use of cash or any monetary commodity is strictly prohibited with a few exceptions. This is due to the concept of Burning Man being heavily based on the spirit gifting. Even advertising and corporate sponsorships are banned.

Jennifer Morrow from San Francisco, Burning Man 2013 Coyote (10227012075), CC BY 2.0

Art and the sharing of knowledge are two of the most prominent occurrences of Burning Man. Any visitor will discover a range of sculptures put up on display, most of which are massive and daring works of creative vision. The concept of art/mutant vehicles is also popular where you will find anything from a bus made to look like a pirate ship and replicas of Mad Max vehicles.

c-g., Dragon vehicle, Burning Man 2010, CC BY 2.0

Participants can also take part in free workshops where they can learn about subjects ranging from geology to various works of sculpture. For those of whom looking to expand your creative vision as well as indulge in some serious soul-seeking, Burning Man is definitely an experience worth having.

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