Let’s dive into what it is, the history, and why it’s important.
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What is PLUR?
PLUR is an acronym that stands for peace, love, unity, and respect. This motto is widely adopted by those who are involved in the rave culture and EDM scene. The term reflects the values of many ravers, which include peace, love, unity, and respect for all.
The peace aspect of PLUR encourages ravers to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. This includes being respectful of others and their personal space, as well as looking out for one another in case anyone needs help.
The love aspect of PLUR is about showing kindness and compassion towards others, regardless of who they are. Ravers believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and love.
The unity aspect of PLUR represents the idea that we are all connected and should support one another. Ravers often refer to the rave community as a family, and this sense of unity is what helps to create such a strong bond between everyone involved.
Finally, the respect aspect of PLUR is about treating others the way you want to be treated. This includes being respectful of others’ personal space, as well as their belongings. It also means being mindful of your own actions and words, in order to avoid causing any harm to others.
When Did PLUR Become a Thing?
The origins of PLUR are difficult to trace, as it is a concept that has been adopted by many different people and groups over the years. However, it is widely believed that the term first started being used in the early 1990s, when the rave culture began to emerge in the United States.
At first, PLUR was simply a motto that was adopted by ravers. However, it soon became much more than that. For many people involved in the rave culture, PLUR became a way of life. It was a set of values and beliefs that they held dear, and which helped to shape their identity.
Why is PLUR Important?
PLUR is important because it reflects the values of many ravers. These values include peace, love, unity, and respect for all. By embodying these values, ravers hope to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
Additionally, PLUR is a way for ravers to show their solidarity with one another. The term unites different people from all walks of life, who share a common goal of creating a positive and inclusive community.
Finally, PLUR is also a way for ravers to express their individuality. By adopting the values of PLUR, ravers can show that they are different from the mainstream culture. They can show that they are open-minded, tolerant, and accepting of others.
What is the PLUR Handshake?
The PLUR handshake is a way for ravers to greet one another and show their solidarity. The handshake is performed by making a peace sign with your hand, then a half heart, then you go palm to palm, and then you clasp hands with the other individual.
When doing the PLUR handshake, it often involves the trading of “Kandi” which are beads that ravers and festival goers where around their wrist, arms, and neck.
To see this handshake performed, we recommend this video by Marc:
The origins of the PLUR handshake are unclear, but it is believed to have started in the early 1990s. The handshake quickly became a symbol of the rave culture, and is still used today as a way to greet fellow ravers.
What is PLUR Friendly?
PLUR friendly is a term that is used to describe people, places, and things that are welcoming and inclusive of all. PLUR friendly environments are typically safe spaces where everyone is treated with respect and kindness.
The term PLUR friendly can also be used to describe music that is suitable for listening to while at a rave. This type of music is typically upbeat and positive, and does not contain any explicit lyrics.
What is a PLUR Baby?
A PLUR baby is a term used to describe someone who is new to the rave scene. PLUR babies are typically young people who are just starting to explore the world of electronic music and dance culture.
What is a PLUR Warrior?
A PLUR warrior is a term used to describe someone who is dedicated to promoting the values of PLUR. PLUR warriors typically work to create safe and inclusive environments at raves and music festivals.
What is a PLUR Princess?
A PLUR princess is a term used to describe a woman who embodies the values of PLUR. PLUR princesses are typically kind, compassionate, and open-minded individuals who are committed to creating positive change in the world.
What is a PLUR King?
A PLUR king is a term used to describe a man who embodies the values of PLUR. PLUR kings are typically kind, compassionate, and open-minded individuals who are committed to creating positive change in the world.
Is PLUR Still a Thing?
Yes, PLUR is still a thing! The concept is as relevant today as it was when it first emerged. PLUR continues to unite people from all walks of life who share a common goal of creating a positive and inclusive community.
While saying “PLUR” has become sort of a meme, the concept and ideals behind it still hold true at raves and festivals. For example, if you see someone fall down at a rave, you’ll see everyone make sure they are okay. Or if you see someone dancing their heart out there is no judgement.
While PLUR is just an acronym, it’s an ideal that unites fellow ravers and festival goers.
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