Taos Re­gen­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val fea­tures prayer, art, dance

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - – Taos News staff re­port

The 8th An­nual Re­gen­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val takes place over La­bor Day week­end, Fri­day through Sun­day (Aug. 31 - Sept. 2) in Taos, with a fo­cus this year on re­newal and new begin­nings. All events are free to the pub­lic and hap­pen at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Taos, in­clud­ing DreamTree, Taos Plaza and Kit Car­son Park.

“Re­newal has to do with the process of re­build­ing from past his­tor­i­cal trauma, death, sui­cide and loss – from the ashes, comes new life, new begin­nings for all,” ac­cord­ing to the group’s web­site.

The fes­ti­val be­gan in 2011 af­ter four youth at­tempted sui­cide only weeks apart.

“We are here to build a world so beau­ti­ful that no one will want to leave it,” ac­cord­ing to the fes­ti­val founders. “The an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the young in Taos and around the world is a pe­riod of fast­ing, danc­ing, singing, pray­ing and play­ing. Through art we re­con­nect as a com­mu­nity and take time out of our busy sched­ule to be fully present for the young. We are pray­ing that they may be healthy and joy­ful, that they may be in love with this life, that they may be suc­cess­ful and sup­ported in their life’s jour­ney.”

There will be DJs, food, a dunk tank and much more dur­ing the fes­ti­val.

Cour­tesy photo

Peo­ple paint, dance, re­cite po­etry and more dur­ing the an­nual Re­gen­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val in Taos. This year’s fes­ti­val is Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

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