Star Wars Day

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Related terms: "May 4th Be With You!"
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Star Wars Day is celebrated on May 4th. It is considered an official holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honor the films.

One of the Celebrations

In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest with celebrity judges, and the web's best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen.[1]

Why May 4th?

May 4 is called Star Wars Day due to a common pun based on the phrase, "May the Force be with you."

One early use of the pun, though unintentional, was May 18, 2005. In an interview with George Lucas on the German news TV channel N24, Lucas was asked to quote "May the Force be with you." The interpreter simultaneously interpreted into German: "Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen" ("We shall be with you on May 4").

Alternate Date

Star Wars Day has also been celebrated on May 25th, to honor the release date of the original film in 1977. One such notable celebration was declared by the Los Angeles City Council in May of 2007.[2] This date is also recognized as part of the Geek Pride Day celebration in conjunction with the Discworld and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fandoms.