Today’s the day some of us go on our religious retreat and celebrate one of the most world-renowned part of geek culture. Star Wars. The 4th of May is no ordinary day as it is also known as “Star Wars Day.” A day to honor the films and celebrate the culture that is Star Wars. That’s a mouth full of Star Wars…
First, let’s start with how it started, or more over, where it came from. If you ask any fan of Star Wars what the most famous quote of the series is. They’ll almost all tell you, “May the Force be with you.” Hence, when May 4th came along, fans would often say “May the fourth be with you.” But really, the phrase dates back to at least 1979. When Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain's first woman prime minster, there was a newspaper ad in the London Evening News that said "May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.”Clever, huh? But that’s not all!
When George Lucas was invited on German News TV channel N24 back in 2005, he was asked to say “May the force be with you.” However, the interpreter translated the phrase as Am 4. Mai sind wir veu lhnen which means “We shall be with you on May 4.” Silly, right? I don’t think that’s where it completely originated from but if the Father of Star Wars “said” it, then a new holiday we decree!
So what do you do on this so-called Star Wars day? Well, it’s pretty much still a normal day but there are a lot of things you can do to touch-up on your jedi skills. Watch all the movies again, read a Star Wars book or two, play The Old Republic, or even dress-up! There are even shops that hold sales in honor of this day like Hot Topic and Williams-Sonoma for those that like to step out. If you want to know more, check it out here.
Should start getting used to celebrating it because it gets bigger every year. Back in 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. They showed the movies, had costume contests, and everything. If you happen to live somewhere in Canada, or feel like traveling, they’re having another event this year!
For us here in California, “Star Wars Day” was declared an official holiday in Los Angeles on May 25th, 2007 in honor of the of 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Don’t get to say “May the fourth be with you” on this day, but still cool nonetheless.
It’s amazing where the franchise has gotten over the years. The sayings, characters, and the overall knowledge of it is just so popular that people will understand what you’re talking about right on the spot, fan or not. Try it out, after placing an order at your local fast food joint, say “May the force be with you.” Yea… They might think you’re a dork, but they’ll get what you mean.
So there’s a little knowledge about the origins of this glorious day. Hope you all have a good one and May the fourth be with us all!