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May the Fourth Be With You 2015 #StarWarsDay

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It is a very special Star Wars Day this year, what with the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In this year’s May the Fourth posting, I have included a great behind-the-scenes photo from the filming of The Empire Strikes Back – specifically, the Hoth sequence, featuring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

May the Fourth Be With You!

Here is the explanation of how Star Wars Day became “a thing” straight from the official Star Wars Website:

Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. It’s the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.

One of the earliest known records of “May the 4th” used in popular culture is in 1979, as described here by author Alan Arnold while he was chronicling the making of The Empire Strikes Back for Lucasfilm:

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“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”

While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special. StarWars.com as well as the official Star Wars social media channels (hashtag #StarWarsDay) help spread the word and showcase fan activity. More and more official partners have offered sales, giveaways and exclusives, and have hosted parties and other activities to mark the day.

May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Warsfans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977). The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.

With the exciting launch of a new trilogy of movies beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming in the near future, this day to celebrate the saga and its amazing fans is certain to become even bigger each year.

ClamCase Announces Limited Edition Trooper Case

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In honor of Star Wars Day, iPad case developer ClamCase has announced a special ‘Trooper’ edition of their popular iPad ClamCase to ship this Summer. Featuring a Stormtrooper white design, the ClamCase allows users to utilize their iPad in a netbook-style capacity with a build-in keyboard. The regular ClamCase is available now for for an online price of $119 and an in-store price of $149.

LINK: ClamCase Product Page

Happy Star Wars Day 2011

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Another May 4th has arrived and, with that date, the arrival of another official “Star Wars Day”. Star Wars Day, for those of you who don’t know, is the unofficial Star Wars holiday which began with the joke “May the Fourth Be With You” some years back. What are you supposed to do in honor of this day? Well, you can revisit one of the films, the whole series, dress in a robe – whatever you like!

 

May the Force be With You… Always…