420 Day 2019 (Cannabis Culture): How April 20 Come To Be Weed Day?

420 Day 2019 (Cannabis Culture): How April 20 Come To Be Weed Day?

             The 420 Day 2019 (Cannabis Culture): 420, 4:20, or 4/20 (pronounced four-twenty) is slang in cannabis culture that has been associated for the consumption of cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names. The day is related to especially smoking cannabis or marijuana around the time 4:20 p.m. and also refers to cannabis oriented celebrations that take place on every year on April 20 (which is 4/20 in U.S. form).

The day is observed by cannabis counterculture, legal reformers, entheogenic spiritualists, and general users of cannabis. The day is mostly celebrated in many locations in North America. Other than that it is also observed in Hyde Park in London and Dunedin, New Zealand, at the University of Otago.

When is 420 Day celebrated?

April 20 has turned out to be an international counterculture holiday, where people come together to celebrate and consume cannabis. 420 or 4:20 is observed every year on April 20 at 4:20 pm. This year, the day is going to be celebrated on April 20, 2019 (Saturday).

Origins of 4:20-

In the year 1971, there were five high school students named Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz and Mark Gravich in San Rafael, California, who called themselves the Waldos for the reason that their selected hang-out spot was a wall outside the school. They used the term in association with a 1971 plan to hunt for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had found about which was based on a treasure map made by the cultivator.

The Waldos chose the Louis Pasteur sculpture on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place at their meeting time of 4:20 p.m. The Waldos mentioned to this plan with the catchphrase “4:20 Louis”. After numerous failed efforts to find the crop, the group finally shortened their phrase to just “4:20”, which eventually grew into a code-word that the young adulthood used to mean consuming cannabis or marijuana.

How 420 Day is celebrated?

Even though a lot of people still have uncertainties about the history behind the number 420 and its association to cannabis culture, people observe 420 or April 20 in various different ways. A number of people take an unofficial holiday to relax and smoke weed, while on the other hand some other people use this day as a moment to rally for legalization or at the present to celebrate legalization as most of the states in America have legalized marijuana.

On this day several marijuana users protest in civil disobedience by gathering in public to light up at 4:20 p.m.

As marijuana at present continues to be decriminalized and legalized around the world, Steve DeAngelo, who is a cannabis activist as well as founder of California’s Harborside Health Center, said that “even if our activist work was complete, 420 morphs from a statement of conscience to a celebration of acceptance, a celebration of victory, a celebration of our amazing connection with this plant” and that he thinks that “it will always be worthy of celebration”.

There are certain corporations which use this day to held marijuana-related events and sponsor 420 get-togethers all around the world. These companies invest in an event that occurs on 4/20 just like how events are sponsored for St. Patrick’s Day which is also a very popular American holiday.

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