Raise your lightsabers, 4th May is a day to celebrate: this year May the 4th falls on a Saturday and will end a whole week of Star Wars celebrations.
If you’re still not sure about the origin of this special date, here’s some information!
Why May the 4th?
If you read the date in full it’s not difficult to understand the play on words of “May the force be with you” and its similarity to “May the fourth be with you“.
What’s less well known is that this pun had been used long before 2011 (the year Star Wars Day was founded), by someone who had nothing to do with Star Wars.
On 4 May 1979, Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, now you may well think: “What does that have to do with this famous play on words?” Well, on the day she took power, Thatcher’s party took out a full page ad in The London Evening News saying “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”
The story of Star Wars Day
The first Star Wars celebration was held in Toronto in 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema with numerous activities including board games inspired by the trilogy, a costume competition, tribute films made by fans, and much more. Following the acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney “took over” the day, starting to celebrate it first of all in Disneyland and Disneyworld. From then on (and every year since), fans all over the world have been coming up with new ways to celebrate their favourite saga – for example, in 2015, astronauts at the International Space Station watched Star Wars in space.
This year, with the release of episode IX of the saga in late 2019, fans around the world are expected to be more excited than ever!
May technology be with you!
One of the best ways to get ready for Star Wars Day is to browse the Tribe shopand choose from technological accessories (including USB sticks, cables, headphones and more) inspired by Star Wars and its incredible characters!