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Sunday, 4 May 2014

May The 4th Be With You!

Dear friends,

You may not know this, but today fans WorldWide celebrate the wonderful Star Wars day. The traditional greeting is May The 4th Be With You! and as I grew up with Star Wars and I am a huge fan of the movies - be it the original or the prequels - it would not have been proper if I would not have celebrated it also :)
May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate the franchise's films series, books and culture. The date was chosen as "May the 4th" due to its sounding similar to the series' phrase "May the Force be with you" in which fans commonly say "May the fourth be with you". The reference was first used on May 4, 1979 when Margaret Thatcher's political party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News following her taking office as Prime Minister that stated "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." This reading of the line has also been recorded in the UK Parliament's Hansard.
In a 2005 interview with George Lucas, German TV news channel N24 asked Lucas to quote the famous phrase, however the interpreter simultaneously interpreted the sentence into German as Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Ihnen ("On May 4 we are with you."). This was captured by TV total and aired on May 18, 2005.
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 an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show; a costume contest with celebrity judges; and the web's best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. The second annual edition took place on Friday, May 4, 2012.
The Los Angeles City Council declared May 25, 2007, as Star Wars Day, in honor of the 30th anniversary release date of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. A separate initiative for observing Geek Pride Day on May 25 is based on the Star Wars connection along with ties to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (see Towel Day) and Discworld.
How about you, lads and lasses, are you Star Wars fans? Have you ever watched the originals or the prequels? Which Episode is your favorite one? And how do you feel - if you saw the original and the new additions - about the remastered classics? I would love to hear what you think :)

Yours truly,
A Star Wars fan - May The 4th Be With You!