Yesterday something started on Twitter and it could turn into something big. A gentleman who goes by the name of @ProRush is how I heard about this...I think he may have been the one to bring it up, but I could be corrected on that. There was a discussion about how 4:20 was the time potheads toked up every day and apparently some big toke-out is going to happen on April 20 (4/20). Someone else said cigar smokers needed to have their own time of day, or maybe their whole day, and it snowballed from there.
A suggestion has been made to have International Cigar Day on May 20 (5/20) as it would be a time of year when the weather would be good for most people to go outside and light one up. Others have said it would draw too many comparisons with the pothead 4/20.
Another suggestion was to have the day coincide with Winston Churchill's birthday, which would be great, except it is not until November 30, which is both very far away and a time when it would be too cold to smoke outside for many people.
Of the two days, I prefer May 20, but I would love to hear other suggestions as well...especially if there is a reason behind them (commemorating some event or person, etc.). Ultimately, I am willing to help promote any date that is decided upon, though, as I think it is just a great idea...and I think a lot of other bloggers and Twitterers feel the same.
So, if you have another favorite date for this event, leave a comment below and I'll help throw them all in the hat to see what we come up with. And sometime later this year, we'll all enjoy International Cigar Day!
Update: In the interest of giving credit where credit is due, @ProRush did confirm to me this morning that he was the one who had the idea.
Update II: To clarify, this should be a day not only when we all light up at the same time, but in places of importance...city hall, federal buildings, governors' mansions...places where we might show those in charge that we have a voice and we're tired of it being ignored. This may be something we can work with the Cigar Rights of America organization to coordinate as well.