International Awareness Days May

May the Fourth be with you! Star Wars Day 4 May annually

Star Wars Day
Star Wars Day
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Star Wars Day – Get ready to declare ‘may the fourth be with you’ to fans all over the globe!  It is amazing that Star Wars is so popular among all age ranges despite the original being premiered in May 1977.

George Lucas first got the inspiration for the series from the 1930s sci fi and adventure serials, Flash Gordon.

The programme would run every Saturday morning and end on a cliffhanger, while a text crawl would fill the audience in on what they might have missed from a previous episode.  Hence where the text crawls for each episode of Star Wars came from!

If you’re a fan you’ll know there tends to be a lot of discussion on what the best film is – my friend and fan, thinks the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ is the best – and this seems to be the general vote!

There are some scenes and of course characters that Star Wars is most fondly remembered by.  Like when Darth Vader uttered the infamous words: ‘I am your father’ to Luke Skywalker.

There were loads of things happening last year as the world prepared for ‘impromptu light saber fights’ and outpouring of discussion on social networking sites like Twitter.  Did you know you can even get yourself booked in to light sabre classes so you can perfect your swing!

Surprisingly 4 May isn’t the only day dedicated to Star Wars.  Celebrations also take place on 25 May – the day is known by many fans as International Day of the Jedi.  And why is this?  Well, it is the date of the release of Episode IV in 1983.  Fans of the films have even put forward suggestions to turn 5 May into ‘The Revenge of the 5th’, which mimics the of Episode III ‘Revenge of the Sith’.

This year there will be some great activities taking place all day – from seeing the stormtroopers who are around to maintain order throughout the day, plus goody bags and loads more!

So remember to wish everyone a happy Star Wars Day this May!  And may the fourth be with you!!

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