Today is the unofficial Star Wars holiday, May the 4th! Today is the day that Star Wars junkies all around the world show our appreciation and love for this iconic franchise created by George Lucas.
How about a little history lesson?
“May the 4th was first used on May 4th, 1979. In 2011, the first organized celebration of Star Wars Day took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included trivia, a costume contest with celebrity judges, and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies and remixes on the big screen.
Since 2013, Disney Parks have celebrated the holiday with several Star Wars events and festivities. ” – Wikepedia
Also, for those of you that don’t know, tomorrow is May 5th! This is the official/unofficial second day of the Star Wars celebration, in which we refer to it as Revenge of the 5th (in reference to the movie, Revenge of the Sith). On this day, fans let their dark sides come out by celebrating the Sith Lords and other villains from the Star Wars universe.
I would just like to take this moment to personally thank George Lucas for creating this fantastic franchise (yes, I realize he probably won’t see this…but a girl can dream right?). I grew up watching the Star Wars movies and every television show spinoff and movie I could get my hands on. My siblings and I collected the many toys and do-dads of the franchise. Truth be told, Star Wars basically runs in my family. My parents grew up watching the first (last…?) movies, and so they ensured their children would see any and all that were made after them. I may not realize it on a day to day basis, but I do know that the Star Wars universe has had a huge impact on my life. It was what opened the door to everything geeky and science fictiony, my first love story and drama, my first movie-character crush (I’m talking to you Obi Wan). I am proud to say that when I was a child, my dream was to be a Jedi Knight and have an awesome lightsaber, and that my siblings and I often played with long sticks as we acted out our own lightsaber battles. I am proud to be part of such a huge fandom.
So here is to Star Wars, the movies and toys and books that nearly everyone on this planet has grown up with. I pray that Disney doesn’t mess it all up for us.