Rainbow gatherings are a unique form of countercultural gatherings that originated in the United States in the early 1970s. These gatherings bring together a diverse group of people from around the world to celebrate life and promote peace, love, and unity.
The first Rainbow Gathering was held in 1972 in Colorado, USA, and was attended by a few hundred people. Over the years, the gatherings grew in size and popularity, and today they are held in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.
The name “Rainbow Gathering” comes from the idea of a rainbow being a symbol of hope and unity, and the gatherings themselves are designed to be inclusive and non-hierarchical, with no leaders or formal organizational structure.
Rainbow gatherings are open to anyone who wants to attend and are free to participate in. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food, shelter, and supplies and to share with others. There are no commercial vendors or sponsors at the gatherings, and everything is done on a volunteer basis.
One of the key features of Rainbow gatherings is the creation of a temporary, self-sufficient community. Attendees come together to build kitchens, living spaces, and sanitation facilities, and everyone works together to maintain the camp and keep it clean and organized.
In addition to the practical aspects of community living, Rainbow gatherings also feature a wide variety of artistic and spiritual activities. There are workshops on topics such as yoga, meditation, and sustainable living, as well as music, dance, and performance art.
Despite the positive aspects of Rainbow gatherings, they have also faced criticism and controversy over the years. Some people view them as a haven for drug use and promiscuity, and there have been instances of violence and sexual assault at some gatherings.
In response to these concerns, Rainbow organizers have implemented a number of policies and protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of attendees. These include a security team, a code of conduct, and a system for addressing complaints and grievances.
Today, Rainbow gatherings continue to attract a diverse and international community of people who are committed to living in harmony with each other and the natural world. While they may not be for everyone, they offer a unique and inspiring alternative to mainstream culture and a vision of a more peaceful and sustainable world.
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