Is there such a thing as Star Wars Day?
Special to the Whig
Dear Librarian: My son said May 4th was Star Wars Day. Is there such a thing?
Dear Reader: Your son is correct! There is indeed such a thing as Star Wars Day. But why is it on May 4? As the story goes, we have the British Parliament to thank.
On May 4, 1979, Conservative candidate Margaret Thatcher was elected as England’s first female Prime Minister. That night, the Conservative Party reportedly purchased a half-page advertisement in London’s Evening News reading, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” This twist on the popular Jedi farewell “May the Force be with you” was easily recognizable to fans of the franchise’s first film “Star Wars: A New Hope,” which had been released only two years prior.
A couple decades after Thatcher’s election, the Internet and social media gave fans a new way to connect with each other, and it was only a matter of time before somebody decided May 4 warranted a party.
The first official Star Wars Day celebration took place at the Toronto Underground Cinema on May 4, 2011. Participants enjoyed a costume competition, trivia contest and photo ops with their favorite characters. Since then, conventions, events, film marathons and celebrations have taken place all across the world on this nerdiest of days.
And, of course, the library makes it possible for everyone to get in on the action. Whether you are feeling festive this week, or trying to figure out the difference between a Wookie and an Ewok, the Cecil County Public Library’s got you covered. Visit your favorite branch to pick up a character encyclopedia to learn more about the Star Wars universe, or check out the movies and relive (or discover) the magic.
May the Fourth be with you!
Last Week’s Trivia Question: How did spring cleaning originate? Answer: There are several suggested origins for spring cleaning based on religious practices. One of these is traced to the Jewish celebration of Passover, which occurs in March or April each year. Prior to the celebration, the home is usually completely cleaned.
This Week’s Trivia Question: How long did it take Han Solo to make the Kessel Run in the Millennium Falcon?
Upcoming Event: For more Star Wars, attend the Teen Art Club at the North East Branch Library at 3:30 p.m. on May 16. Then return for “The Force Awakens” film screening on May 26 at 3:15 p.m. For more information, call 410-996-6269 or visit www. cecil.ebranch.info.
What People Are Asking runs weekly in Jumpstart and is written by librarians at the Cecil County Public Library. Questions? Visit your local branch, email ask@ccplnet. org, call 410-996-5600 or visit www.cecil.ebranch.