Happy Star Wars day! Today is the day where fans around the world will don their wookie costumes, princess Leia bikinis, or stormtrooper outfit and publicly declare their undying love for the Star Wars dynasty.
For many years, May 4th has been celebrated by Star Wars fans everywhere as Star Wars Day. This of course comes from the similarity between “May the Fourth” and “May the force (be with you),” a phrase commonly used among the Star Wars Jedi’s to signify success and good fortune.
Now, if you’re like me, perhaps you may not share this affinity for Star Wars. I had never even heard the phrase “May the Fourth” used as a Star Wars reference until college.
Crazy, isn’t it?
I consider myself a moderate Star Wars fan. You’ll never find me at any Star Wars conventions or dressed up in costume or anything like that, yet I still enjoy the movies and occasional puns.
Today seemed like a perfect excuse to find out a little more about the origins of this “holiday.”
The earliest official use of this term that I could find was, surprisingly, on May 4th, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An advertisement was placed in The London Evening News that read: “May the fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.”
Nevertheless, it wasn’t until 2011 that the first organized celebration of Star Wars day took place. I guess nerds everywhere needed the power of the internet to harness their collective fan-dom. It’s now become a grassroots tradition celebrated annually among Star Wars fans.
Let me tell you, they sure do know how to celebrate. While I was researching this, I found lego spaceships, amazingly intricate Star Wars themed recipes, and even a whole harem of Princess Leia’s. I kind of want to try those storm trooper rice balls!
Thanks for listening to my random nerd trivia today…we’ll be back next Tuesday with our regularly scheduled programming! 😉
Have a great weekend, and May the Fourth be with you!