May the 4th Be With You: Happy Star Wars Day!

Cinco de Mayo may be tomorrow, but today is Star Wars Day! Bust out those lightsabers, kiddies and marathon your favorite trilogy in a celebration that would make the Rebel’s victory party on Endor pale in comparison!

Designated as Star Wars Day thanks to a play on the words of the popular Jedi greeting, “May the Force be with you,” May the Fourth honors all things Star Wars and Force-related.

For the uninitiated, The Force is the mystical force that binds all life forms together. It’s invisible and some are stronger in the way of “The Force” than others. Particularly, those who are strongest fall into two categories: the Jedi, those who use the Force for good and the Sith who have their own beliefs and are not above using the Force for selfish, sometimes dark reasons.

Although May the Fourth is considered Star Wars Day among the fandom’s loyal legions of Sith and Jedi followers alike, the Los Angeles City Council declared May 25th to be Star Wars day in honor of the original release date of the very first Star Wars film, 1977’s Episode IV: A New Hope.

Over 390,000 responders to the 2001 Census in England and Wales put down “Jedi” as their religious affiliation. As a result, British brothers Barney and Daniel Jones (both in their early 20s) attempted to create a Jedi Church, complete with meditation classes and training in the way of The Force. So far, the Jedi brothers Jones haven’t had any luck creating a Star Wars-themed religious institution, but you never know!

With no new Star Wars movies or cartoons in the works just yet, die hard fans must content themselves with the franchise’s comic series and conventions… Or, better yet, just throw your own Jedi party! Run marathons in your own Jedi Temple (read: apartment) and serve your guests some delicious foods to enjoy, such as Bantha Burgers, Wookie Cookies, and one of our own recipes you can find on the Costumzee forums: Darth Vader Taters!

Make sure you and your guests bring your lightsabers or dress as your favorite Star Wars character. Princess Leia is popular choice for ladies with a number of options from her classic, all-white ensemble with her famous, sidebun hairstyle that you can replicate with either a headband or a wig. Truly daring ladies can wear the Slave Leia costume… Just make sure you do some serious crunches!

Guys have a number of costumes to choose from with classic favorites like the uber-cool Han Solo and his fuzzfaced sidekick, everyone’s favorite Wookie, Chewbacca. Or, choose a side as Jedi or Sith with a number of costumes representing each part of the Force from Jedi Knights Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi or Sith Lords Darth Vader and Darth Maul.

No matter what, May the 4th (and The Force!) be with you!

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