“May the force be with you” is a phrase that connects communities. Everyone appreciates the uniting power the Force. Star Wars is more than a movie franchise. It’s a collection of stories that bring out the best in all of us.
During a time when the world is looking for good more than ever, Star Wars is here to beam a little goodness back into our lives. Every year on May 4th, Star Wars fans from galaxies far, far away- celebrate all that Star Wars stands for, using the themed greeting “May the fourth be with you!”
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But what exactly is the Force? What’s the history of Star Wars Day and how can we get into the spirit of celebration this year?
What is the Force?
Remember the first time you learned about the Force? Chances are, you can imagine Yoda teaching young Luke Skywalker to use it in his Jedi training. You might even recall General Obi-Wan Kenobi giving that memorable phrase to his Jedi Master, Qui-Gon Jinn, in The Phantom Menace. Or perhaps you remember Han Solo using these same words in his farewell to Luke. No matter where you heard it or how you first understood it, you know that the Force is a powerful energy that binds the galaxy together.
In Star Wars, the Force is powerful energy given through the Universe that Jedis use for good and those on the Darkside manipulate for evil. From levitating lightsabers to playing tricks on the minds of others, the Force is an elusive power that will continue boggling the minds of scholars and experts for years to come.
History of Star Wars Day
May the Fourth be with you is a phrase various Star Wars characters use as a farewell expression of goodwill. One of the first uses of the salutation dates back to 1979 when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was first elected.
Other members in her conservative political party took out a full-page ad in the London Evening News on May 4th that included the phrase, saying “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”
It wasn’t until 2011 that the holiday gained popularity. On May 4th of that same year, the Toronto Underground Cinema held an all-day event celebrating Star Wars. Since then, most of the world celebrates it as the unofficial Star Wars Day.
Some fans even follow up May fourth with Revenge of the Fifth or Sixth (of May), another date-based pun on the 2005 Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith. On this day, fans celebrate villains from Star Wars rather than heroes they celebrate on the fourth.
How to Use the Force and Celebrate May the Fourth be With You
If you want to get into the holiday spirit, what better way than to get dressed up—Star Wars style! No one does fan style quite like a Star Wars fan. From the symbolic Jedi braid and robes to Princess Leia buns, it’s easy to spot a Star Wars enthusiast!
You can get into the Star Wars Day spirit by dressing the part. RAGS has a collection of Star Wars-inspired clothing for children and adults. Whether you want to outfit your littlest Jedi in a Star Wars romper or match with your kids wearing a Star Wars tee, we have you covered. Our collection of Star Wars Rags, tees, dresses, and even a Star Wars pin pack will help bring the force closer to home this upcoming May 4th.