May the Fourth be with you this Star Wars day! May the 4th is a non official holiday created by fans of the franchise due to the simple fact that may the fourth sounds like the phrase used within the film "May the force be with you". In 2011, the first organised 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 Star Wars themed fancy dress costume contest with celebrity judges and showed some of the web's best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen.
The Star Wars franchise is beloved by thousands - if not millions - throughout the world. Whether we grew up watching it from Episode IV onwards, or discovered it when Episode I was released - or even if Episode VII was the first one we saw, very few people have watched one of these movies and not walked away completely hooked on George Lucas's brilliant characters and story lines. Star Wars Day has been growing in popularity each year, and with the release of Episode VII this one might be the biggest yet!
Did you know that May the 4th was first designated Star Ways Day way back in 1979? On May 4th 1979 Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the UK, and the Conservative Party took out an ad in a newspaper saying "May the Fourth Be With You Maggie, Congratulations." Celebrations really took off with the advent of the Internet though, and since 2013 Disney has officially observed the day with events and festivities at their resorts. But you don't need to be at Disney Land to celebrate Star Wars Day; all you need is a light saber and a bit of imagination!
May the Fourth has become a day to celebrate all things Star Wars, thanks to the easy pun of May the fourth be with you. Star Wars fans across the globe now take this day as a time to celebrate not just the movies but the books and culture surrounding the story. People dress as characters from the movies, with favourites being Han Solo, Princess Leia and Obi Wan. Just watch out for the Revenge of the Fifth the following day, when a lot of fans will join the dark side, and dress as the Sith lords and villains from the movies. Whichever day you choose to celebrate (you can do both, of course), there are plenty of opportunities for some fantastic fancy dress!
Ellen von Unwerth, Nadja Auermann, Black and white shoots