You all will have heard, I’m sure, of the saying “Flower Power”
Flower Power – what is it and what does it mean?
Flower power was a saying/slogan used in the late years of 1960 and in the 1970s. It was used as a symbol of non-violet ideology in relation to the Vietnam war.
The expression was first used in 1965 and was created as a means to try and transform the war protests happening at the time into peaceful demonstrations and displays.
The roots of this expression can be traced back to the American beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
The symbolism of flower power was adopted and embraced by hippies who would dress in brightly coloured clothing covered in flowers which they had embroidered on. They would also wear flowers in their hair and would hand out flowers to the general public to try and spread the feeling of peace. These hippy’s passing out flowers later became known as the flower children. Flower children is a know synonym for Hippy!
The term hippy was born out of the word hipster which was a word for beatniks and the likes.
It was the custom of flower children to wear and give out flowers as a way to symbolise ideals of universal peace and love. They were the original hippy’s.
It was only later on that the term became generalised to mean hippy’s and the hippy movement.
Flower children were all about promoting spreading love and not war. At demonstrations, as well as handing out flowers they would hand out balloons and sometimes even put on little theatre shows to try and reduce the fear and anger that is usually inherent at most protest rallies. They even created anti war literature that they could hand out. It was also well know that during said protests, the flower children would walk up to the soldiers they were standing against and put flowers over their bayonets and in the barrels of their guns!
To this day it would seem hippy’s still love flowers and why not, they are pretty funky!
There is a great word, funky! This word was given a new meaning by the hippy’s as they described clothing that wasn’t supposed to go together however clothing that somehow managed to look good, as funky!