5 Proofs Hippies Are Not Dead And They Are Among Us
A hippie (or hippy) is a member of a counterculture, originally a youth movement that started in the United States and the United Kingdom during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. Hippies developed their own lifestyle, which was pretty distracted from that of the middle class.
They favored long hair and casual, often unconventional, dress, sometimes in “psychedelic” colors. They made up communes to live together close to nature, away from all blessings of civilization.
Slowly this sub culture went extinct. Today we rarely come across people looking like hippies. Too many modern subcultures pop out of nowhere to substitute old ones. However, the Isles of this amazing movement still exist. Moreover, they have their own crazy festivals:
1. Burg-Herzberg Festival
The fest is held at the end of July which is the worst time for an event like this. Burg-Herzberg in Germany cannot brag with a good weather when it comes to this season. Sun shines only once in four years and three times between these gleams, hippies gather together to mess up in mud, which I believe makes them even closer as they love nature in all its aspects.
Old good rock, blues, and other progressive music set the overwhelming atmosphere of love. All guests feel like one big family and are happy to see each other.
2. Fuji Rock Festival
This -day event is held annually in Japan. If you have never seen Asian hippies – it is high time to come over. The event got its name after the mountain it was held at the base of for the first time.
Fuji Rock fest gathers over 50,000 hippies from all over the world. Since 1968 a number of visitors made the camp grow to enormous size. People come to see their favorite bands and artists and to live in the commune again.
This one is held in the most picturesque region of Ukraine. Hippies love nature, so no wonder they have chosen one of the most beautiful mountains in Europe for their annual meeting. People start arriving on 1st July every year, but their aim is the culmination of the festival which starts on the 6th of July and lasts all day and night.
The fast was established by a couple of local hippies – Charlie and Shara who wanted to find new friends. In a few years, it turned into a massive event of authentic culture and music.
The Woodstock Music & Art Fair unites hippies in Bethel, White Lake, New York, United States. For the first time, it happened in August 1969. A nice reason to deflect attention away from all the worst things that were happening in the world. Three days of peace, love and good music. Just what we all sometimes need.
Today Woodstock is a forcing power that proclaims the ideas of human rights, ethical business practices, unfettered creative expression, free trade, the loving care of our planet, the power of the individual to make a difference, and the overwhelming impact of communities to act as agents of peaceful change.
5. Splendour In The Grass
The youngest hippie event that first saw the world in 2001. Created and promoted by the Village Sounds and Secret Service music companies, it soon gained amazing popularity. It is known not only for crazy music performances but for ultra hot costumes of its female guests.