Definition - What does Flower Child mean?
A “flower child” is someone who may also be described as a “hippie”, and is generally someone who advocates peace over war, urges others to love each other, and seeks non-aggressive solutions to problems in the world. The term flower child is often related to marijuana usage as well, due to the hippie connection.
The term “flower child” originated in the late 1960s and was used to describe specific hippies who wore flowers during their antiwar protests. The first known use of the phrase was in 1967. Today, a flower child is anyone who advocates for love and respect between the peoples of the world, and who follows hippie-like teachings.
Hydrolife explains Flower Child
Originally, a flower child would not only wear flowers, but would give them as gifts in a form of peaceful protest. There are many examples found in media from the 1960s and 1970s during the turmoil of the Vietnam War that show this concept in action.
Flower child also refers to those who celebrated the Summer of Love in 1967. An estimated 100,000 young people arrived in the San Francisco Bay area that summer to search for new value systems and learn about other cultures. They took those lessons away with them when they returned to their homes.
Of course, the term flower child has strong connections with marijuana culture, mostly due to the prevalent use and promotion of marijuana during the 1960s by those in various counterculture movements. However, one does not necessarily have to be an antiwar activist in order to appreciate the many benefits of marijuana, from relaxation to medicinal.