The term ‘Bohemian’ originated in France sometime back in the 19th century. The termed was coined due to the influx of gypsies traveling from Bohemia in Czech Republic. Bohemian became a generalized identity for the lifestyle of these travelling gypsies more than their nationality. Alcohol and drugs and a more open attitude towards sexual expression became a part of the bohemian lifestyle. The bohemians would reside in the run down areas of the town and that allowed them the freedom of expression, not just because they lacked money, but also because that was how they liked it best. Having understood the bohemian lifestyle ever so faintly, we sat down to find some characteristics of bohemian lifestyle that make them different from others.
It was seen and can still be witnessed that bohemian communities would spring up in areas where the living expenditure is cheap and the members of the locality enjoy freedom of expression. Bohemians don’t normally have too much of money and they cannot remain bogged down, the two reason that makes them bohemians. It is therefore easiest for them to live in areas where they pay minimal rent and have the freedom of expression so that they can be what they vision to be.
Thanks to their talent and the drive to be distinctly creative, people consider themselves to be a self-expressive. This act makes these people lead a very non-traditional lifestyle, different to our normal lifestyle, which results in these people being considered as bohemians. Even today if someone leads a non-traditional lifestyle, he/she is often called as a bohemian. This is more so, if a person living aloof l has an extra bent to express through art in some way.
Bohemians do not have any regular routine in life. Bohemians are wonderers, adventurers, or vagabonds – nomads who are filled with artistic instincts and creativity to the core. Bohemians lead unconventional and irregular lives which are usually artistic. They are least concerned about what others think about them or how they will be accepted in the society. Thus, they do not have a problem living a hap-hazard life without discipline or routine.
Bohemians are generally poor, thus, besides living in the cheapest of areas in the town they wear old and second hand clothing, with bold colors that make them distinct. Generally a bohemian style is hippie and gypsy style clothing – girls wear oversized, loose colorfully dresses and skirts with floral prints, men also wear pretty similar rugged shirts, hoodies and jeans with disoriented hairstyles. Bohemian clothing is colorful and eye catching. Bohemians like to accessorize, they wear big bracelets and necklaces and awesome hats.
Bohemians have been documented to have healthy lifestyle irrespective of their disoriented lives. Bohemians remained weight conscious for which they adapted vegan diet. The reason for bohemians to remain largely vegetarian wasn’t just because of their healthy lifestyle, but also because they thought it kept them energetic. Vegetarian diet empowered self-esteem and self-love and more importantly love for other living things.