If you are new to the concept of Burning Man, then this is what it is – an annual mega-gathering that celebrates anti-consumerism and self-expression. This event ends with the burning of a gigantic wooden effigy, referred to as “The Man”.
This event took birth in the mind and hands of Larry Harvey in 1986. Today, with more awareness and enormous followers, Burning Man has become a cult festival.
Burning Man is celebrated in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, USA. This year, the festival is set to start on August 26 and end on September 3. Anyone can participate in the festival. If you are confused over how you can make your participation valuable and worthy of the Burning Man, here are some tips to get you ahead.
Be in Tune with Burning Man Principles
Burning Man encourages extreme self-reliance; gifting; decommodification, unconventional forms of self-expression; collective cooperation to promote, create and safeguard communal resources such as public spaces and social networks; civic responsibility; eco-friendliness; involved participation; and a sense of immediacy.
Align with the concept, and you are going in the right direction.
Book Your Tickets Early
There is a restriction on the number of participants for the Burning Man festival. The ticketing season usually begins in February. Try to book your tickets as early as possible. For updated information on tickets, see here.
Unleash Your Imagination
Burning Man encourages unconventional modes of self-expression. You can use costume, makeup or body paint, to get into the Burning Man mode.
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Be Armed with a Bike
The Burning Man campus is huge, spanning 5.5 miles of desert land. Having a bike helps you explore the area and campsites comfortably.
Remember to Pack your Essentials
- Sunscreen – Pack in several tubes of sunscreen. The desert sun is unforgiving; so, it is extremely important to protect your skin.
- Ear Plugs – The festival sees several thousands of attendees, and the atmosphere is boisterous. And, the celebration is on 24 hours. Have a pair of high-quality ear plugs handy to drown the high sound levels around you to have some blissful sleep.
- Clothing and Accessories – The days can be extremely hot and the nights extremely cold at Nevada desert. Sudden dust storms and heavy downpours are also common.
Equip yourself with clothing for all kinds of weather conditions. Have accessories such as sunglasses and umbrellas handy.