On the Agenda: May the Fourth Be With You

Last week, the teaser trailer to the next film in the Star Wars saga, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, was unveiled and people went crazy. So, it seems totally appropriate that tomorrow is Star Wars Day.

Here’s the backstory: It all started with a punny greeting Star Wars fans used upon meeting each other: “May the Fourth Be With You.” According to the official Star Wars site, the first recorded usage of this salutation was in 1979, when Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister and her party placed the following ad in the London Evening News: “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

Tomorrow, May 4 is known as Star Wars Day and it’s become a grassroots movement connecting Star Wars fans around the world. Even though this “holiday” wasn’t created by Lucasfilm, the company fully embraces it on its site and with the hashtag #StarWarsDay. If you’re a fan, it’s a great excuse to break out your lightsaber and binge-watch all eight of the movies (nine if you count the standalone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) or prepare some Star Wars recipes (who knew Darth Maul Quinoa Salad was a thing?). 

However you choose to celebrate the worldwide cultural phenomenon that is Star Wars, we say, “May the 4th Be With You.”