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By 1965, hippies had become an established social group in the U.

Since the 1960s, mainstream society has assimilated many aspects of hippie culture.

The religious and cultural diversity the hippies espoused has gained widespread acceptance, and Eastern philosophy and spiritual concepts have reached a larger audience.

) is a member of a counterculture, originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world.

The word hippie came from hipster and used to describe beatniks who moved into New York City's Greenwich Village and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district.

In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, New York City, young counterculture advocates were named hips because they were considered "in the know" or "cool", as opposed to being square.

In the April 27, 1961 issue of The Village Voice, "An open letter to JFK & Fidel Castro", Norman Mailer utilizes the term hippies, in questioning JFK's behavior.

Some opened the first health food stores, and many moved to southern California where they could practice an alternative lifestyle in a warm climate.