The 25th of May, 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars film’s release in cinemas. Funnily enough though, fans of the epic sci-fi saga don’t actually celebrate Star Wars Day on May 25th. Instead, they prefer to do so on May 4th so they can use their pun-tastic catch phrase, “May the fourth be with you”, a playful take on the iconic Star Wars motto, “May The Force be with you”. The day is typically seen as a time when super fans of all ages can walk the streets in their favourite Star Wars costumes, generally not caring about what the world at large might think of them.
While not officially recognised as a holiday in any country, May the 4th is celebrated all over the world, from Ireland to Australia, with ‘Jedi’ being recognised as a legitimate religion in some places. In fact, quite appropriately, Star Wars Day has even been celebrated by people in space. That’s right, in 2015 astronauts on the International Space Station celebrated May the 4th by watching the iconic movies in the space station itself – they must truly be the most out of this world sci-fi fans out there! (sorry, that was an awful joke)
Revenge of the Fifth
The story of Star Wars focuses heavily on the balance between good and evil, the darkness and the light. As such, while May the 4th celebrates the light side of The Force, the following day is known as “Revenge of the Fifth”, a play on Star Wars: Episode 3 -Revenge of the Sith. It is on this day that Star Wars fans recognise the part that the Dark Side plays in their favourite space opera series, so expect to see plenty of Imperial Stormtroopers, Darth Vaders and Kylo Rens sneaking about on the 5th of May!
Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day
With the above villains generally saved for the Revenge of the Fifth, most fans opt to dress as heroes such as Jedi Knights, Chewbacca and Rey (who is the main lead in The Force Awakens and the upcoming Last Jedi movies) on May the 4th and May 25th (the anniversary of the first Star Wars film) to bring a bit of balance to The Force.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate Star Wars Day(s) that don’t involve having to play dress up or even leaving the house. As Star Wars is loved by people of all ages, it’s probably a good idea to enjoy a nice afternoon watching the movies (with 8 films released so far, they make for an absolutely huge marathon) with the kids. Of course, keeping kids to sit still for a full day is probably a tad unrealistic, so you can keep them occupied with a few Star Wars figures. Probably the most fun toys you can choose for this are LEGO Star Wars sets. Helping your kids build their favourite characters, spaceships and locations is a great way to bond with your little ones, and will add a bit of challenge to their play time.
Of course, the fun doesn’t stop with costumes and toys. There’s a whole galaxy of exciting Star Wars merchandise to browse right here on Littlewoods Ireland. Personally, I am obsessed with the Death Star-shaped lamp shade. So much so in fact, that I bought two, just in case those crafty Rebels manage to fly a small X-Wing starfighter inside my house and blow one up with their photon torpedoes! I mean, it’s not like they could destroy two Death Stars right?
Whatever way you choose to celebrate your sci-fi this week, may The Force be with you – always!