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May The 4th Be With You

May 4th is a day Star Wars fans have chosen to celebrate and honor all-things-Star-Wars, be it by posting Star Wars related content to social media, hosting Star Wars screening parties, wearing Star Wars costumes and clothing, or shopping for Star Wars merchandise.

Why May 4th? Because, as it happens, fans invented a clever turn of phrase based on the classic Star Wars slogan “May the Force Be With You” back in 1978: “May the FOURTH Be With You”. While originally invoked among US fans as a Fourth of July greeting, it was reset to May 4th the following year when a full-page ad appeared in the May 4, 1979 issue of The London Evening News to congratulate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on her taking office that day: “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations!”

Since then, and especially in recent years, Star Wars fans have claimed May 4th as their day, a day that has also given Lucasfilm an opportunity to give back to the Star Wars community that honors that galaxy far, far away.

Since 2012, Lucasfilm has encouraged May the 4th activities through its official website and social channels as well as provided built-in discounts and special offers on Star Wars merchandise. And since “May the 4th Be With You” doesn’t carry the same witty punch when translated into other languages, “Star Wars Day” has been adopted to establish a global meaning for this annual worldwide celebration.

For more information on the history of Star Wars Day, check out this article on StarWars.com: www.starwars.com/news/gearing-up-for-may-the-4th-and-with-good-reason and log on to www.starwars.com/may-the-4th for the official May the 4th hub.

So how will you be celebrating May 4th?

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Top 10 Ways To Celebrate Star Wars Day
  1. What’s your favorite Rey or Jyn move? Be sure to Tweet your photos to @starwars and let us know how your celebrating, hashtag #StarWarsDay
  2. You know that First Order symbol tattoo you’ve been thinking about getting? Today’s the day.
  3. Dressing up for special occasions is important, and May the 4th is no different. Wearing anything from your favorite Star Wars shirt to full-on Stormtrooper gear is completely acceptable. (It’s okay to dress up your pet, too. Bounty hunter bulldogs are especially encouraged.)
  4. Have a Star Wars movie marathon with friends and family! But which movie do you begin with? Do you start with the prequels, the original trilogy or The Force Awakens? When do you watch Rogue One? Do you mix in some episodes of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels? Better decide before your guests arrive, or you may spend the day in a heated debate.
  5. Food is an essential part of any holiday. Treat your school or work friends to a fresh batch of Wookiee Cookies or Death Star Cake Pops. Find a variety of recipes on StarWars.com!
  6. Are you a gamer? Hop online with your friends via Star Wars Battlefront or invite them over for some classic board game action!
  7. Feel the Force with Star Wars crafts: turn clay into an awesome Star Wars keepsake! Learn how to make Clay Yoda, Star Wars Bookmark, and more at StarWars.com!
  8. Sometimes people use holidays to travel to new places. Why not go to Disneyland or Disney World and ride Star Tours? There are over 50 separate mission possibilities…how many rides can you fit into a day at the park?
  9. As Yoda said, “Pass on what you have learned.” Introduce a younger sibling, family member, or friend to Star Wars!
  10. Do you have any Star Wars toys that you don’t need any more? Donate them and make May the 4th really memorable for children in need.

And here are 5 new ideas: www.starwars.com/news/5-new-ways-to-celebrate-star-wars-day

What about a Star Wars themed party complete with blue milk, Jawa smores, or twin sun smoothies – there are a myriad of great ideas!

 

Star Wars Quiz

Easy/Kids Star Wars Trivia Questions

What is the name of Han Solo’s ship?
Answer: Millennium Falcon

What is the weapon used by Jedi Knights?
Answer: Lightsaber

Which young Jedi Knight becomes Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith?
Answer: Anakin Skywalker

What Jedi Master spent 800 years training such pupils as Qui-Gon Jinn Obi-Wan Kenobi, Count Dooku and Luke Skywalker?
Answer: Yoda

What Wookiee is Han Solo’s loyal friend and first mate?
Answer: Chewie

Who is Luke and Leia’s mother?
Answer: Padmé Amidala

How many members are there in the Jedi Council?
Answer: 12

Why didn’t Yoda say he didn’t want to train Luke Skywalker?
Answer: because he lacked patience

In the Star Wars film, what invisible power binds the galaxy together?
Answer: The Force

Who are the masters of the Dark Side who want to rule the galaxy?
Answer: The Sith

General Star Wars Trivia Quiz

What were the last words spoken in The Empire Strikes Back?
Answer: “May the Force be with you.”

What animals did the visual effects crew study when designing the Imperial Walkers from The Empire Strikes Back?
Answer: Elephants

Which country was the home base for principal photography on Revenge of the Sith?
Answer: Australia

Which Star Wars movie was the first to be shot entirely with high-definition cameras, without using traditional 35-millimeter film?
Answer: Attack of the Clones

What U.S. magazine declared Star Wars “the year’s best movie” in its May 30, 1977, issue?
Answer: Time

Which star of Revenge of the Sith is the real-life nephew of Denis Lawson, who played Wedge in the first Star Wars Trilogy?
Answer: Ewan McGregor

According to Star Wars legend, what substance powers lightsabers?
Answer: Ilum crystals

How much does the Chewbacca costume weigh?
Answer: 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms, ½ stone)

Yoda did not make an appearance in only one of the six Star Wars movies. Which one?
Answer: Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

What famous scientist was the inspiration for creature designer Stuart Freeborn when creating Yoda’s eyes?
Answer: Albert Einstein

Padmé Amidala is first queen of, and then the senator from, what peaceful planet?
Answer: Naboo

Difficult Star Wars Trivia

What Ewok medicine man presided over the attempt to make a roast of Han Solo in Return of the Jedi?
Answer: Logray

Lando Clarissian’s operation on Cloud City mines what type of gas?
Answer: Tibanna gas

The Empire attacked the Rebel base on Hoth with four-legged Imperial Walkers, or AT-ATs. What does AT-AT stand for?
Answer: All Terrain-Armored Transport

What planet is home to Chewbacca and the Wookiees?
Answer: Kashyyyk

What is the species of the diminutive workers on Cloud City who helped freeze Han Solo in carbonite?
Answer: Ugnaughts

What type of battle armor does Boba Fett wear?
Answer: Mandalorian

Han Solo upgraded his beloved Millennium Falcon from which stock starship?
Answer: The YT-1300 stock light freighter

What color is Yoda’s lightsaber in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith?
Answer: Green

Complete this line from A New Hope: “The ____________ Wastes are not to be traveled lightly.”
Answer: Jundland

Who preceded Senator Palpatine as Chancellor of the Galactic Senate?
Answer: Chancellor Valorum

How many engines are on an X-wing fighter?
Answer: 4

Bail Organa is Princess Leia’s adoptive father. What is her adoptive mother’s name?
Answer: Queen Breha Organa

Whether your skills are of a Padawan or a Jedi level, get your friends together and test your Star Wars knowledge

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

During Star Wars Celebration last month, the Star Wars: The Last Jedi panel brought the whole cast together to reveal the first teaser trailer for the film that will release on December 15, 2017! Relive the excitement by visiting YouTube to see the trailer. See highlights of the panel on StarWars.com.

Disney XD Celebrates May the 4th!

Tune in to Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304) tonight, Thursday 4 May from 18:10 and enjoy back-to-back episodes of the hilarious animated series Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures after the adventure and action-filled television special, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars. The story is set a couple summers ago in a galaxy far, far away when Phineas, Ferb and the gang are in a parallel universe – during Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Iconic Star Wars characters Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 are featured in this special programming event

And don’t miss out this weekend as Star Wars Rebels Season 3 continues with a brand new episode on Saturday at 18:10.

Star Wars Reviews

SAMDB review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SAMDB review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Fan Films

Go Rogue

The Force And The Fury

 

So join in the celebrations and let us know how you will be celebrating International Star Wars Day this year by using the #StarWarsDay or #Maythe4thBeWithYou hashtags.

May the 4th be With You!

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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