‘May the fourth be with you’: Star Wars lovers celebrate sacred fandom day
This year’s celebration coincides with the 40th anniversary of the original 1977 film ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ and also marks the first Star Wars Day since the death of actress Carrie Fisher, who played central character Princess Leia.
Devotees of George Lucas’ movie series have been paying homage to the franchise, sharing memories and GIFs. Meanwhile, corporations also took advantage of the popularity of the movement.
Some fans even boldly suggested that Thursday’s widely anticipated announcement from Buckingham Palace was Star Wars-related.
Legend has it the grassroots celebration of ‘all things’ Star Wars was inspired by a newspaper advertisement placed by Britain’s Conservative Party on May 4, 1979 to mark the election of Margaret Thatcher as the first female prime minister of Britain.
The date’s cult following has grown steadily over the years with social media giving the occasion serious public exposure.
Even police forces have shared images of their members participating in galactic adventures.
May the fourth be with you. If the Chief will let us carry lightsabers instead of batons today, I wonder? pic.twitter.com/7xrx7ytBxp— Maplewood Police MN (@MaplewoodPolice) May 4, 2017
The first large organized event for the day took place on May 4, 2011 in the Toronto Underground Cinema. This year fans in Taiwan’s capital Taipei posed in costumes at city landmarks while supertree structures in Singapore were transformed into lightsabers.
Friday will offer fans an opportunity to celebrate the ‘Dark Side’ of the force with the spin off May 5 day – “Revenge of the Fifth", a play on ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.’
A specially designed solid gold mask of the Star Wars villain Darth Vader will also go on sale today with a price tag of a whopping US$1.4 million.