For those surprisingly not in the know, May 4th is officially known as “Star Wars Day” and comes from people using the pun “May the 4th be with you” in reference to “May the Force be with you.”
Many fanatics mark May 4 by taking their costumes out in public. Others celebrate with movie marathons (16-plus hours now), lightsaber duels, and the various games, books and comics that comprise the sci-fi universe.
Members of charity costuming groups the 501st Legion and Rebel Legion will don armour to spread hope to sick children in hospitals.
For the everyday moviegoer, it’s an opportunity to quote the saga at every turn and speculate wildly about what Luke meant in the trailer when he said “it’s time for the Jedi to end”.
Star Wars fans all around the world celebrate this day differently. Below are just some examples how the die-hard fans celebrate this momentous day:
An interactive exhibition at the O2 Arena, called Star Wars Identities, started in November 2016 and will run till Sept 3 this year. It features some 200 props, models costumes and artwork from the original films.
Guests get a smart technology bracelet and a lightsaber to design their own Star Wars hero.
The New York Philharmonic will celebrate May 4 at the Lincoln Center with raffles for free Star Wars concert tickets, merchandise giveaways and performances by members of its brass section.
The tickets are for the Philharmonic’s world premiere of the Star Wars Film Concert Series from Sept 15 to Oct 7, which will feature screenings of the complete films with Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed live.
As part of a tie-up between the Singapore Tourism Board and Disney, a three-day Star Wars Festival will be held at Gardens by the Bay from Thursday (May 4) to Saturday.
Highlights include a SaberTrees light-up – where the Supertrees will be dressed up as lightsabers – special character appearances (Chewbacca and new villain Kylo Ren), a Star Wars Run which will see 15,000 runners taking part and an outdoor screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Legoland Malaysia is pulling out all the stops with a massive Imperial March parade on May 13 and 14, featuring over a hundred costume characters.
A series of Star Wars-themed activities have also been planned, including a speed building competition, scavenger hunt and a Jedi academy. Children dressed in full Star Wars costume get free entry from April 28 to May 31.
And then there’s THIS BURGER by Bar Lucas in Sydney aptly named “Return Of The Chedi”
Ultimately, as Star Wars Day was created by the fans, it is truly their day. Hosting movie marathons, sharing greetings on social media, cooking Star Wars recipes — there are no wrong ways to celebrate May the 4th, and each year the creative ways that fans mark the occasion is truly amazing.
With all of that said, May the 4th be with you all.
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“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”