In 2022, the Burning Man festival was held in Nevada for the first time in three years. The interruption was due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event started on August 28 and ended on September 5. However, the result was completely different than what the participants of the event expected.
The climax is traditionally the burning of the effigy. One theory is that the burning doll became the festival’s hallmark, referring to the story of one of the event’s initiators, who wanted to symbolically bury the past after his partner left him.
Apart from burning the toy, the event has many other performances. Some of them are initiated by the participants, who dress in colorful clothes inspired by mythology, fairy tales and religion, although some walk naked. The whole thing creates a great paratheatrical performance with no boundaries between the audience and the performers.
12 hour traffic jam
However, this time the participants’ positive impressions were spoiled by returning home. The departing cars lined up in a long line of fifteen lanes, at the end of which was a narrow and festive gate. While waiting to take off, the sandstorm and heat were particularly troublesome. And the wait is too long.
Official organizers reported about eight hours. “People like to compare Burningman’s aesthetic to Mad Max … The ride from camp was the most Mad Max I’ve felt all week … 5 hours, and it’s two more hours before I get to the gate,” one participant was quoted as saying. By NDTV. The images of the festival really resemble a disaster movie.
A seven- or eight-hour traffic jam was not bad for the participants. “Half of our group took 10 hours to reach the gate, and the other half took 12 hours,” said one of the participants in an interview with the New York Post. He also said the temperature reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit, or about 40 degrees Celsius.
The Burning Man festival was held for the first time in 1989. Since then, the number of participants has grown steadily. In 2008, there were nearly 50,000 of them. Including 80,000 people to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.
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