April 20th isn’t just the most sacred of all days in the cannabis calendar. Some days are just meant to be holidays. Christmas was Winter Solstice long before the Christians came on the scene, and Easter stole its date from a a spring holiday celebrating the pagan goddess Ēostre. So, 4/20 may have been a holy day before Cheech and Chong were twinkles in their daddys’ eyes.
4/20 is a lot of things to a lot of people. It’s the first day in the holiest season of the Bahá’í Faith, and it’s Chinese Language Day at the United Nations. George Takei, Adolf Hitler, and the Wisconsin Territory all call it their birthday. And it’s so much else. For example…
The Four of Wands
The Tarot card associated with April 20th is the Four of Wands. And what that mean? According to biddytarot.com:
“The Four of Wands heralds celebration, good times, a happy and harmonious home environment and good news… Often, this card reflects the holiday period where you get together with the extended family and join in a celebration.” So you’re doing right by hanging and toking with your nearest and dearest.
“The Four of Wands often points to a marriage, engagement, birth of a child, a birthday, graduation or other type of celebration that marks a special milestone.” So feel free to get knocked up or do the knocking. Also, if possible, marry whoever might be in your vicinity today and graduate from school if that can be arranged in the middle of a Monday.
Most importantly, the Four of Wands means: “You have completed a significant phase of the project and can feel very proud of what you have accomplished so far.” So maybe you’re a vendor at the Denver Cannabis Cup and now you can rest after getting rid of all your goods. Or maybe you bought an eight of psychotically powerful shatter and you killed it in a day. Also, a big accomplishment. Pat yourself on the back.
Opening day at Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Tiger Stadium
Tigers, Cubs, and Sox took these ball parks’ virginity on 4/20 (in 1912 for Fenway and Tiger, 1916 for Wrigley). Coincidence? Maybe. But according to baseless conjecture in the Dabs Mag office, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams both hot-boxed the dugout during the seventh inning stretch.
Day of Cangjie, the Four-Eyed Inventor of Chinese Characters
The day this four-eyed, four-pupiled official historian to the Yellow King of Ancient China invented Chinese characters, legend has it that the “sky rained millet.” You could loosely translate that as the “sky rained grass,” and even more loosely translate that to the “sky rained weed.” So keep at least a couple of your eyes pointed skyward. Could be a downpour of dankness is plummeting your way.
For the most diehard dabbers, we might suggest joining Bahá’í. We only know what we gleamed about the religion by skimming the Wikipedia article, and they’re supposedly sort of anti-gay, but they say they’re not really. We don’t know. What we do know is that April 20th is a holy day, and on April 21st all “work and school should be suspended,” so you might be able to get away with taking off 4/20 as a religious holiday, and you get 4/21 to recoup from your highover.
The Sun Dog
That thing where the sky like makes rings around the sun or something… It’s fucking beautiful, and some peeps in Stockhold observed it, then Urban Målare and Jacob Elbfas painted the Vädersolstavlan (pictured above) in 1535.
George McFly and Cousin Dale himself Crispin Glover was born in 1964.
The U.S. bungled up the Bay of Pigs Invasion against Cuba and almost got the whole world killed.
The Deepwater Horizon BP oil rig blowed up.
Saint Serapion the Sindonite monk of Egypt was commemorated. (Saved the best for last).
Happy four twenty, mafas! And peace be with you!