Today, May 4th, is considered International Star Wars Day, based upon the play on words “May the fourth (force) be with you.” With the release of Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens, there is a renewed exuberance to the celebrations this year across the globe. From Warwick Davis (of Wickett the Ewok fame) making appearances in London to NASA sharing a few choice science fiction/fact mashups and a greetings from the International Space Station to even the large collection of meme pictures spread across the internet, fans everywhere are in high spirits.
Star Wars Day is just one of many fan holidays created by nerds and geeks that have gained momentum over the past decade to become a movement of celebration throughout the country and the world. Some others include Pi Day, March 14th, International Tabletop Day, just celebrated this last Saturday, and Talk Like A Pirate Day on September 19th. These holidays are setting popular precedent that may lead to being nationally recognized on a governmental level in the near future.
Holidays were originally religious events, when special occurrences were practiced or observed and the normal business of the day was suspended. In more modern times, holidays have grown to include special days set aside for rest or relaxation. As time continues to progress, these currently fan-celebrated events have the potential to grow into something more akin to what is now Labor Day or Valentines Day, allowing for us to celebrate our shared love of stories and ideals. It is, after all, the people, who decide what is important to them and what observances to hand down to their children.