RAINBOW FAMILY GATHERINGS: Unofficial Community for Rainbow Family Gatherngs
"When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow"
Old Native American Prophecy
Rainbow Family Gatherings are made up of a loose international affiliation of individuals who have a common goal of trying to achieve peace and love on Earth.
Those who participate sometimes refer to the group simply as the "Family." There are no official leaders or structure, no official spokespersons, and no formalized membership. Strictly speaking, the only goals are set by each individual, as no individual can claim to represent all Rainbows in word or deed.
Rainbow Family Gatherings are held in National Forests the first week of July each year. Rainbow Gatherings are non-commercial and all who wish to attend peacefully are welcome. Traditionally the gatherings take place for a week, with a primary focus on the Fourth of July in North America, when attendees pray, meditate, or observe silence in a group effort to focus on World Peace. Thus, the name Rainbow Family of Living Light (one large group) is a reflection of both the emphasis on welcoming people of all races, religions, ethnicity, and social status, as well as a spiritual focus towards peace.
Those who attend Rainbow Gatherings come from all walks of life, and work together for a variety of goals, among which intentional communities, ecology, spirituality, and an expanded tolerance for others are traditional themes.
Those who attend refer to one another as Rainbows, or often as Brothers or Sisters reinforcing the emphasis upon a belief that all people are not only related as part of the human community, but are just as important as members of one's own nuclear family, and given the respect implied in such relationships. Group Councils are the only form of government, and attendance is open to all interested parties, with decisions being reached through consensus. Money is not exchanged, and instead there is a bartering system for all needs, although a magic hat is passed around for necessities, such as additional food, that benefit all who attend.
Started by Jelly in Hipstory, Principles, Traditions, Terminology, & How it all works~ Oct 28, 2009. 1 Reply 4 Likes