The Burning Man-THE STORY BEHIND IT ALL
BURNING MAN IS A WORLDWIDE RECOGNIZED MUSIC FESTIVAL IN UNITED STATES KNOWN FOR A SYMBOLIC RITUAL BURNING OF A WOOD SCULPTURE.
It is an annual event that takes place at Black Rock City in the dessert of Nevada. The first Burning Man hosted in Baker Beach, San Francisco happened back in 1986, by Larry Harvey and Jerry James, who built the wooden statue of a man and also a dog; it began with the burning of the effigy near the beach as a bonfire. Its name comes from the ritual of burning the wooden “man”, done on Saturday evening of the event. It happens on the last week of August and starts that week’s Sunday and extends to the following Monday (in September). Preparations of the 2019 edition are on track and will take place from August 25th to September 2nd.
Black Rock City is a city know for its spiritual power, artful essence and it is one of the flattest and largest surfaces on our planet. It used to be Lake Lahontan. Burning Man is a community, a worldwide cultural movement based on 10 principles. It’s nothing like any other festivals out there and their “greedy” commerce. Burning Man has a strict “No Vendors” policy where you can only buy water, ice or coffee if you bring your own mug at reasonable prices. A water bottle can cost about $3, where at other festivals a beer can cost up to $12. There are a few people though who will show up and try to offer you food or drinks having in mind that it must be given away or shared.
CULTURE OF SELF RELIANCE
The culture behind Burning Man is one where people who attend become a community where no one cleans up for you, you learn to share your food or goods if you want to, you can create art and connect spiritually with the natural elements. Many attend as groups to distribute the tasks among themselves, like bringing enough equipment, food and water to last for a week. More than two people sleep at tents that are distributed along the Playa of the event. One other reason is splitting the cost of moving around or even carrying everything in and out of the tents.
COSTS- HOW MUCH WILL I SPEND?
Affording a festival like this is not that cheap, it depends where you are coming from and how much commodities you’re willing to sacrifice. A ticket may cost from $190 to $1200 according to the Reno Gazette Journal. Plus 9% tax, plus handling and delivery fees. The Vehicle pass goes for $80. Costs overall may vary from $1,600 to $6500, depending on the kind of budget you have and how well equipped you are. Also take into consideration if you are flying and the costs for air tickets either one way or round trip.
Burning Man has a policy of No Drugs. Since the event takes place on Federal Land. The Bureau of Land Management (BML) supervises the event with Pershing County Sheriffs Office. BML has made it clear that anyone found in possession of marijuana will be looking at a fine. The fine of up to $1,000 and/or incarceration of up to 12 months. Black Rock-High Rock Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area is where Burning Man takes place. And possession or use of Marijuana is considered a Federal infraction here.
As of January 2017, Marijuana became legal in the state of Nevada. Anyone over 21 is allowed to have 1 ounce of recreational Cannabis. And under an eighth of an ounce of concentrated Marijuana and still be considered legal but the use of it in public places is still illegal. Those consuming Marijuana must do it in a private residence. Spokeswomen for Burning Man, Megan Miller, said: “Marijuana is still illegal at Burning Man”. So if you are planning to smoke. It is best that you do not drive to Burning Man nor operate vehicles. Keep note that Marijuana is still illegal under Federal Law.