May the Fourth be With You: Why fans celebrate ‘Star Wars day’ on 4 May & what is the history behind it?

Star Wars day is celebrated on 4 May though the film was not released on this day. The history begins after the release of Episode IV and England’s Prime Minister is the reason behind it.
How did Star Wars day came into existence May the Fourth be With You: Why fans celebrate ‘Star Wars day’ on 4 May & what is the history behind it?
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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was released in 1977, George Lucas was a new director and the film was based on a pre-known context like a novel. ‘In a galaxy far far away’ came out of a need so that the audience could be made aware of the context behind the film. It exists on an unknown planet and the truth of characters is defined by an idea called force. In the Star Wars universe, force is defined as the sum of all goodness and therefore the quoted text came about, “May the force be with you.”

May the fourth be with you is of course a pun on the quote but not merely due to the audio significance of the date. It was the year 1979 and on May 4 Margaret Thatcher was elected as the Prime Minister of England. Her ran party ran advertising in The London Evening News which announced the celebratory victory by quoting ‘May the Fourth be with you, Maggie’. The idea caught on and the stupendous success of Episode IV contributed to making it a legend. 

Since then on May 4, all Star Wars fans dress up as characters of the film in their respective places and gather around to relish in the experience of their favorite moments and characters. From Luke Skywalker to Han Solo or even Chewbacca, everybody gets a cosplay and is quotable. Disney started to commemorate the day by using to unveil the latest introductions in the Star Wars cinematic universe, merchandise, experiences in the theme parks, foods, and anything related to the space opera franchise.

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