Star Wars Day Is for Everyone: #maythe4thbewithyou

 

Star Wars Day
Star Wars Celebration 2015, Photo Melody Mooney

Today is Star Wars Day. I would have to admit that nearly every day is Star Wars day in our home.  The universe means a lot to us. May 4th gives us a chance to reach out to a wider world as fans, as parents and families. Maybe you have been on this journey for forty years. It could be that you are like my daughter who is six, brand new to the Star Wars family. If you have ever picked up a stick and made that light saber ‘whoosh’ sound or reached out hoping to grab something with the force, today is for you. It need not matter that you are a super fan that pores over every last detail of all the films. You may just have a fond memory of playing with your action figures, pretending to be in a place far, far away.

We are in a golden age as Star Wars fans. With the new movies, there has been a rekindling and a new love from a multi-generation fan base. This day is for anyone who believes in the power and the magic of the Force, storytelling and a new hope for a balanced and bright future.

Go out there and share in one of the most amazing fan communities on this planet!

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WHY IS MAY THE 4TH CALLED STAR WARS DAY?

“May the 4th be with you.” What started as pun warmly shared by fans has become a full-fledged Star Wars holiday: Star Wars Day, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away. One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:

While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. StarWars.com, as well as the official Star Wars social media channels, help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways, and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to honor the day.

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 we’re amazed at the creative ways that fans mark the occasion. With Star Wars alive like never before, we hope you’ll join in this year.

May the 4th be with you.

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May the 4th Be With You Photo: Starwars.com