Rainbow gathering is a momentary utopian-anarchistic-new age community. A place with a main emphasis on freedom, love and harmony where everyone is welcomed. No matter who you are or where you are coming from, you can be absolutely free without the need to explain. It’s an attempt to build a world without traps, authorities and organizations where everyone can be true self.
It has never existed as a formal organization. As some of rainbow goers would say: “We are the largest non-organization of non-members in the world.” They refer to each other as “brothers and sisters”, and call themselves ‘Family of the Rainbow’.
Rainbow, as a tradition, was born in the early 70’s in the US. It was a time when a kind of critical mass of consciousness developed. Widespread social tensions were born concerning social issues such as human sexuality, women’s rights, traditional modes of authority, experimentation with psychoactive drugs, and differing interpretations of the American Dream.
A diverse and decentralized social fabric began to weave itself from threads of hippie culture, back-to-the-landers, american indian spiritual teachings, eastern mysticism, and hobo street wisdom.