By Kristy G
For many Christians, this Sunday is the holiest day of the year, the resurrection of Jesus from the grave. For children, it’s a day of egg hunts and baskets filled with sweets from the Easter bunny. But for cannabis lovers, it’s a day of letting go of inhibitions and getting high.
April 20, known as 4/20, is the unofficial holiday for pot smokers. Stoners from all walks of life, countries and backgrounds come together under a hail of smoke to feel a connection with their weed loving brethren. And this year the holiday for communal stoners also falls on Easter. The coincidence has created a slew of jokes and pictures on social media that has some in the Christian community insulted.
Here’s one of them:
— ash makes me smile (@irwinheartache) April 20, 2014
The hashtag “blazeitandpraiseit” has been trending on all social media for weeks. People have been posting tutorials on how to make joints in the shape of the cross, pictures of Jesus smoking a blunt and stuffing eggs with weed instead of candy.
The urban legend of how 4/20 got its name comes from California. The story starts in 1971 with a group of students at San Rafael High School who liked to smoke pot. They would meet after school at 4:20 by a Louis Pasteur statue near campus. When they would pass each other in the hallways during school they would say “Hey, remember 4:20.” The phrase stuck, and 4:20 soon became a token name.
The date April 20 became the unofficial marijuana holiday, but it also shares other anniversaries, two of which are far more sinister. Ironically for a holiday that emphasis happiness, April 20 is also the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting and Adolf Hitler’s birthday.
For those who are not so happy about Easter Sunday being shared with 4/20 celebrations, don’t worry. The coincidence won’t happen again till 2025 and after that, it won’t happen till 2087.
No matter how you spend Sunday, blazing or praising, it’ll be a day full of events and one that should be remembered, just don’t go too far down the rabbit hole.
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