Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May the Fourth Be With You!!

Did you know that today is International Star Wars Day? How could I not have known about this until today? I don't, after all, live under a rock. But somehow this momentous occasion managed to slip past my radar as neatly as Han Solo could navigate an asteroid field.

Since Yoda has been my guru since that magical night in May of 1977 when I first walked into a theater to experience Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, I was amazed to discover from my eighteen year old daughter that my favorite movie (actually Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was my VERY favorite!) has its own unofficial day. I had to Google it to get the inside scoop.

According to Wikipedia, this day is considered an unofficial holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and remember the films.

May 4 is called Star Wars Day (also sometimes known as Luke Skywalker Day) because of a pun on the similarity between the phrases: "May the 4th be with you" and "May the Force be with you."

Despite efforts to start a Jediism Church with 4 May as its Star Wars Day, as of 4 May 2010 there is no religion-supporting organization that promotes 4 May as Star Wars Day apart from the Church of Jediism.

In 2005 German news TV channel N24 interviewed George Lucas and asked him to say his famous sentence, "May the Force be with you." The translator simultaneously translated to German: "Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen". (We are with you on May 4.)

And so, I leave you with this wish...

May the Fourth Be with You!

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Thanks for the messages—I read every one.