May 4 is considered as a Star Wars Day by fans of the popular film series, Star Wars. It is one of the two days in a year that recognize the importance of the Star Wars movies in popular culture and to allow fans of the saga to express their love for the movies.
The origin of this day comes from a play on the words “may the force be with you”, an often quoted phrase in the Star Wars movies. Fans around the world have modified the phrase to create the pun “may the fourth be with you”. Fans have expanded the pun to include “revenge of the fifth”, which is a play on the title of the sixth movie in the series, Revenge of the Sith.
It is believed that the phrase was first used on May 4, 1979 when the Conservatives in the United Kingdom congratulated their candidate, Margaret Thatcher for taking office as UK’s Prime Minister by taking out a newspaper advertisement that said “may the fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.“
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The other Star Wars Day celebrated in the year is May 25. This is when the first movie in the series was released in 1977. This unofficial holiday is also sometimes known as Greek Pride Day.
How to Celebrate?
- Dress up like Star War characters and have a Star Wars themed party.
- Greet everyone you meet with the phrase “may the force be with you”.
- Organize marathon viewings of the saga, and participate in Star Wars trivia contests. .
Did You Know…
…that the South Pacific island of Niue accepts collectible Star Wars themed coins issued by the New Zealand Mint in 2011 as legal tender?