Star Wars is not just a part of popular culture. It’s one of the cornerstones of popular culture. It’s proof of what happens when the right story and the right audience meet at just the right time in history.
The first Star Wars movie was released in 1977. And 42 years later, it’s still going strong as we prepare to commemorate Star Wars Day tomorrow, on 4 May.
That iconic line
Star Wars Day began as a clever bit of wordplay. The iconic Jedi greeting ‘May the Force be with you’ is instantly recognisable. It’s one of the many quotable lines from the Star Wars universe.
Someone somewhere, after a drink – or perhaps a small dose of recreational marijuana – uttered the words “May the fourth be with you” (May the 4th) for the first time.
Since then, 4 May has gone from a day when we all have a chuckle at the clever Star Wars pun to a day where Star Wars fans around the world celebrate the grandest space opera of them all.
Star Wars Day: It’s a lifestyle
Unlike less meaningful days – to me at least – like Valentines, Easter and Christmas, what makes Star Wars Day special is the fact that it was created by the fans for the fans.
It has grown exponentially as the Internet has helped to close the distance between continents. This isn’t a commercialised excuse to spend money we don’t have.
This is a pure day of celebration. A day where Humans and Wookies alike greet each other on social media, host movie marathons and partake in Star Wars eats and drinks.
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Ultimately, there’s no wrong way to rock 4 May. May the force be with you, guy at the London marathon wearing the Princess Leia bikini while running your 42kms.
Time is running out, but it’s not too late for you to invite over someone who also gets how awesome droids and lightsabers are. Take a quick trip through those movies. Even the prequels – that’s true love!
So, settle in with the story that happened a long time ago and in a galaxy far far away.
May the Fourth be with you!