Over 70,000 people attended the 2017 edition of Burning Man over a period of nine days, and it sure was an eventful one. The celebration has made a name for itself for being a truly unique and transformational gathering in an otherwise arid and lifeless region. As with every year, the city was constructed from scratch, around a theme, which was Radical Ritual this time around. Extravagant art-installations, great music and of course wonderful people set in the beauty of the sandy Playa are central to Burning Man.     Here’s the best of Burning Man 2017 in pictures :                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Unfortunately, tragedy struck when 41 year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell, broke through a human security chain and leaped into the flames of the ceremonial sculpture burning on Saturday night. Though he was pulled out by firefighters, he later succumbed to injuries in the hospital. While no one knows what drove him to commit this bizarre act, there has been a huge outpouring of love and support from fellow Burners, true to the spirit of the festival.