May The 4th Be With You: Fans Around The Globe Celebrate 'Star Wars' Day

By Nens Mitchell, Parent Herald May 05, 05:38 am

May 4 has always been a special day for "Star Wars" fans around with many considering this as an "intergalactic" holiday. The phrase "May the Fourth Be With You" was taken from the famous catchphrase, "May the force be with you," became a trending topic on social media.

Today said fans in Taipei dressed up as their favorite "Star Wars" characters, including Rey, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia. There were also inflatables of R2-D2 and Jabba the Hutt where people could take photos and selfies.

Meanwhile in Singapore, "Star Wars" fanatics celebrated it earlier during the Labor Day weekend. Various activities were held at the Singapore Sports Hub from April 30 to May 1 including paint workshops and character displays.

It was also noted that a Lego replica the Millenium Falcon was also unveiled in Malaysia for the "Star Wars" Day celebration. This was made from more than 200,000 Lego bricks prepared especially for the celebration.

The celebrations were not only done in countries where there is a concentration of "Star Wars" fans. Mirror said that even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has joined the May 4 commemoration with some exciting information about planets.

"The fantastical planets in 'Star Wars' preceded our discovery of real planets outside our solar system...but fiction isn't too far from the facts," read the post of NASA on its website. "When we send our spacecraft into the solar system and point our telescopes beyond, we often see things that seem taken right out of the Star Wars universe."

According to The Verge, followers of the movie series come up with great ideas yearly to remember this special "Star Wars" Day. It noted that the first organized event to commemorate May 4 was in 2011 where fans watched the screenings of the movie at the Toronto Underground Cinema.

However, the same report said that this was not the first activity that "Star Wars" fans used the movie's catchphrase during May 4. The Verge further said that in 1979, newly elected Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher won the elections and was congratulated with a full-page advertisement that read "May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations."

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