May the Fourth Be With You

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Today is Star Wars Day, an unofficial holiday that has been gaining steam over the past few years, but not without controversy. Some people celebrate Star Wars Day as May 25th instead, to commemorate the day that the first Star Wars movie premiered in 1977.  May fourth was doomed to be the day because of the pun, "May the fourth be with you," which makes me feel as if I am lisping every time I say it. There are many events and ways to celebrate May 4th.

Cassie's Frozen Yogurt in Grapevine, Texas is showing all six Star Wars movies today. Yogurt flavors for the celebration include "˜Tart Tart Binks' and "˜Wookie's and Cream'. Come in costume and get a discount.

Page One Bookstore in Albuquerque is having a Star Wars party with a costume contest. Image by Flickr user whisperwolf.

LEGO® is celebrating the date by offering free shipping on all orders over $75.  Order Star Wars merchandise and get a free LEGO® Star WarsTM sticker sheet, and you'll be registered for a drawing to win a Bronze Bobba Fett minifig.

May the 4th has become somewhat of a traditional day for Star Wars weddings. Duncan Thomson and Sammi Gardiner married Star Wars style on May 4th last year, though they are far from the only couple to select the day in order to use the phrase. Those anniversaries should always be easy to remember!

If you didn't plan ahead and buy printed greeting cards, you can send a friend an ecard to express the greeting of the day. Several websites offer free Star Wars ecards.

Jib Jab has released video greetings in which you can insert your own pictures and star in any of the original Star Wars trilogy movies, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the premiere of The Empire Strikes Back. Hallmark is saving their big guns for Fathers Day.

You could celebrate by joining a church. The Jedi religion, as it is observed here on earth, has many denominations. You'll find websites for the International Church of Jediism, the Jedi Church, the Order of the Jedi, and the Temple of the Jedi Order, among others.

Happy Star Wars Day, and May the fourth be with you!

See also: The Secret of Star Wars Fandom, 6 Things that Resemble the Death Star, and Your Wedding: Star Trek or Star Wars?

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