Star Wars Day is upon us once again! You may have heard the popular phrase ‘May the Fourth be with you’, but have ever wondered how it happened? Or why is May 4 celebrated as Star Wars Day? Although the sentence using the title phrase of the film series is just a simple drama – May force is with you – it is not often that a sentence becomes a global phenomenon. So, this Star Wars Day, let’s see how it all started:
How did it all start?
Believe it or not, the fact that ‘May Fourth’ sounds similar to ‘May the Force’ is the only reason why Star Wars franchise fans decided that May 4 would be celebrated as Star Wars Day, another one. The fourth may be with you by saying “May” to you, instead of “May force be with you” in movies. The phrase was first used in an article published in the London Evening News in 1979 and the date was, you guessed it, 4 May. It was the day that Margaret Thatcher first assumed office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It was considered a congratulatory advertisement by his political party and read, “My Fourth Be With You, Maggie.” congratulation.”
So, what is Star Wars Day?
It is a day dedicated to the celebration of the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas in 1977. Back in 2011, the first major organized event took place at the Toronto Underground Cinema, where fans gathered to play games, show off their costumes, watch screenings, and more. The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm – the production company responsible for the franchise in 2012 and continues to hold annual events and ceremonies on May 4 of each year.
Interesting facts about Star Wars Day
Star Wars Day was just launched by its fans and none of the companies responsible for the franchise.
While May 4 is associated with the phrase Jedi – May force is with you, May 5 is known as “Revenge of the Fifth” which is a play on Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. May 5 commemorates that Dark Side or Sith Lords in the Star Wars Universe.
In 2015, astronauts aboard the International Space Station watched Star Wars on May 4 and tweeted about it with # Matthe4thBeWithYou. “
In 2012, Boris Johnson’s acceptance speech ended with the popular phrase ‘May the force with you’.
The order in which the films were released is not the actual chronology of the storyline and you can find the correct sequence here, along with other details about the Star Wars universe.