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Watch Burning Man’s closing ceremonies

Burning Man came to a close on Sunday with the final ritual: the burning of the temple where attendees have spent all week placing notes, mementos, and even loved ones’ ashes. Just a night before, 70,000 gathered to see the titular burning man–an effigy that goes up in flames each year on the event’s penultimate night. While this event is a throwback to Burning Man’s original days as a San Francisco bonfire, the ritual is always a special one for those in attendance who meditate on it throughout the week.

Following the man burn, those in attendance were free for one last night of festivities before Sunday evening’s closing ceremony, the temple burn. The temple acts as a central landmark throughout the festival where attendees deposit notes, mementos, and even loved ones’ ashes. This ceremony was more somber as the crowd gathered to meditate on their time spent in Black Rock desert.

The weeklong festival came to a close yesterday, Monday, September 5, as attendees sifted through the burn’s rubble in an attempt to leave the land in its pre-festival state — a process under heavy federal mandate.

Via: USA Today

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