The story goes that in 2005, when Star Wars creator George Lucas appeared in a German news interview, he was asked to recite the famous line from the movie, “May the Force be with you.” The German interpreter, however, misinterpreted the line as “We shall be with you on May 4th”.
The above has given further prominence to the already popular pun “May the Fourth be with you”, and as a result May 4th has come to be celebrated as Star Wars Day.
It is well known that fans of the Star Wars movies are some of the most dedicated and committed among movie fans (as parodied regularly in the popular TV series Big Bang Theory, for example), so it doesn’t take much to convince them to dedicate a day to celebrating and honouring the films. Around the world, fans get together for special screenings, or simply to enjoy an opportunity to dress in their favourite Star Wars outfits and spend some time with fellow devotees. You can even get recipes for themed party snacks (Death Star popcorn balls or Wookie Cookies, anyone?) on StarWars.com, and don’t forget the blue milk!
Besides the May 4th pun, May is a special month for Star Wars fans. The 6 movies of the series debuted in May, starting with the original Star Wars being released on 25 May 1977. ‘Return of the Jedi’ was released on 25 May 1983, making this year the 30th anniversary of its release. May is also the birthday month for George Lucas (born 14 May 1944), and it’s the traditional starting month for the Star Wars Weekends at the Walt Disney World Resort.
And of course 2013 is an exciting year for all die-hard Star Wars fans, as there is a new trilogy of movies due for release, starting with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, coming soon to a theatre near you.
If you want to join in on the action in cyberspace, your key is the hashtag #MayThe4thBeWithYou. Or you can get connected with events, blogs, fan groups and more on StarWars.com Connect.
Check it out – there may just be an intergalactic bash happening near you!