May the Fourth

Or as it is affectionately known, Star Wars day.

This is based on a pun that is as bad as it was absolute genius: ‘May the Fourth be with you’ (for the non-fans amongst you, it is a play on the famous Star Wars line ‘May the force be with you’.

It began as an unofficial thing, but now is the official ‘Star Wars day’. The official Star Wars website has embraced the idea of May the Fourth:  they say that although the day was not a Lucasfilm idea initially, they agree that the ‘spirit of fandom’ is what makes Star Wars so special, so decided that the day become an official thing, now becoming #StarWarsDay on all their official social media platforms.

They recommend a number of ways to honour Star Wars day: movie marathons, sharing greetings, cooking Star Wars recipes.

They also mention the origin of the phrase: Friday 4th May 1979, when Margaret Thatcher won the election, her party took a half page in the newspaper with the message: “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie”. So now you know.

I’m a big Star Wars fan, so I love the concept of this pun turning into a full-fledged worldwide holiday, to celebrate the galaxy far, far away.

May the 4th be with you.

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