#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter B

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Image by Mary Lou

April World Holidays

Bicycle Day ~ Weird

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Bicycle Day

“Judging from the name alone, you might be tempted to think that Bicycle Day was a holiday that was used to celebrate and commemorate the two-wheeled method of transportation or the day in the 19th century when it was invented. However, if you did that, you would be dead wrong. This holiday is actually a day that commemorates Dr. Albert Hofmann intentionally taking LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) for the first time after he had discovered it. It’s called Bicycle Day because Dr. Hofmann decided to ride his bicycle home. This holiday is celebrated on April 19th.”

“the day can be celebrated by enjoying the psychedelic art of artists such as Pablo Amaringo, Lee Conklin, Doug Binder, Laurence Caruana, Grace Slick, Robert Williams, Robert Crumb and Victor Moscoso.

This holiday can also be celebrated by enjoying psychedelic songs such as “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, “Are You Experienced” by Jimi Hendrix, “Strawberry Fields Forever” by the Beatles, “The Four Horseman” by Aphrodite’s Child, “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly and “Break On Through” by the Doors.

Some of the psychedelic movies that can be enjoyed on this day include: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); Easy Rider (1969); The Devils (1971); Behind the Green Door (1972); Suspiria (1977); Altered States (1980); Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998); Requiem for a Dream (2000) and A Field in England (2013).”

Bicycle Day 2019 ~ 75 Years of LSD

 

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This past November 2018 I took part in the Nibvember 2018 Challenge.  Day 27 prompt was Lettering and I came up with the design below.  It’s easy to see where my inspiration came from as I’d participated in the A to Z Challenge Lessons Learned in 2016. So, feeling the call to try once again for A To Z Challenge 2019, I decided to sign up for this years using this design as my inspiration.

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(c) Image by Mary Lou

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My theme for 2019 A to Z Challenge is:

  April World Holidays from A to Z

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Here’s what it’s all about:

A to Z Challenge 2019

 

17 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge ~ April World Holidays ~ Letter B

  1. Well you are teaching me something new each day with your AtoZ Challenge, MaryLou. 19th April is our 21st wedding anniversary but I’m not sure there will be any LSD in the celebrations. An interesting topic for you AtoZ and I look forward to learning more about holidays from around the world. Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL and have a great weekend. x

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  2. Well that’s a holiday I’ve never heard of before and understandably now I know what it’s about! I can’t imagine why there’d be a need for a pyschadelic day in April, but each to their own (as a famous person once said).
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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    • At first I thought that Albert Hoffman and Abbie Hoffman were one and the same. That’s how much I was into that scene back then. I was raising my little boys back then. I’d never heard the ‘bicycle’ story and I gather Dr. Hoffman took small doses throughout his life and called it the ‘sacred drug’.

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