• May 4, 2018
May the fourth marks Star Wars day for many fans. Photo: Caitlin Simm.
For many people the fourth of May is a normal day, but for Star Wars fans it’s something to celebrate.
May the fourth is Star Wars day. The date was chosen for the pun on the catchphrase “may the force be with you” as “may the fourth be with you.”
The day has been an annual Star Wars celebration since 2013 when the Walt Disney company officially observed the holiday.
“We often dress up on Star Wars day, we’ve all got our costumes and we’ll head over to one of our friend’s house and have a bit of a marathon tonight,” says Joe Burn, Star Wars enthusiast.
It’s not only individuals that get into the spirit of Star Wars day, many companies around Auckland are celebrating the day, such as JBHIFI and Stardome.
“I think it’s cool, it kind of reinvigorates interest,” says Sam, JBHIFI employee.
JBHIFI are also having a one day only sale today of 25 per cent off selected Star Wars products.
Stardome is also holding a special Star Wars event tonight.
“In the 360-degree planetarium dome, the show takes visitors on a tour through our Milky Way and our Jedi Master presenter will explore what you can see in the night sky, but from the perspective of standing on a Star Wars planet,” says Kelsey Rowe, Stardome’s Marketing and Communications Manager.
Visitors attending the Star Wars event at Stardome are encouraged to wear Star Wars costumes.
“May the fourth event has been running for seven years, however this year is the first time we have developed a more Star Wars themed planetarium show,” says Ms Rowe.
This Star Wars day is extra special due to the release of the new film in two weeks time.
“It’s exciting that it’s not just looking back on the past ones but there’s a new one to look forward to,” says Sam.
The next Star Wars film, Solo, is set to be released in New Zealand on May 24.
May the Fourth be with you.