After days of being stuck in the mud, tens of thousands of visitors to the Burning Man festival in the United States can return home. The road to and from the site has dried sufficiently and is passable again. “The driving ban has therefore been lifted,” organizers said.
Due to heavy rains, about 70,000 visitors to the festival in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada were forced to remain in their camps since Friday and provide food and water.
The rain turned the desert into a sea of mud, making vehicle traffic almost impossible:
The Desert Festival turns Burning Man into a mud pit
The Burning Man Festival originated in 1986 as a celebration of the solstice, in which a meter-high wooden man was set on fire. Since then, this event has turned into a huge annual desert festival. Tens of thousands of revelers, artists, hippies, anarchists and dissidents spend days building an experimental community in the desert during Burning Man.
The traditional cremation of the meter-high wooden effigy has been postponed until later today due to bad weather. The “temple” built by festival-goers annually will be burned and set on fire at the end of the festival tomorrow.
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