Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate audiences around - so much so that they’ve successfully managed to convert a play on the famous phrase “May the force be with you” into a global event celebrating the franchise.
This is everything you need to know about Star Wars Day 2021 - including how you can celebrate at home.
What is Star Wars Day and when is it?
Star Wars Day takes place annually on 4 May. Star Wars Day is a day when fans come together to celebrate the sci-fi franchise, and the day has since been embraced by the likes of Lucasfilm and its parent company Disney.
Additionally some Star Wars fans take the joke to an extra level by taking part in additional celebrations on 6 May, which is called “Revenge of the sixth” in reference to the 2005 instalment of the Star Wars saga Revenge of the Sith.
What does 'May the 4th be with you' mean - and what's the response?
Star Wars fans use of the phrase, “May the fourth be with you”, which is a pun based on the iconic Star Wars catchphrase “May the force be with you”.
Characters in the Star Wars universe say this phrase to one another as a way to wish each other good luck.
You can respond by saying 'And also with you' or 'May the force be with us all', although the responses can vary across the Star Wars franchise and fan universe.
When did celebrations for Star Wars day begin?
The first organised celebration of Star Wars Day took place in 2011, at the Toronto Underground Cinema - the day included events such as a trivia game show, a costume contest and tribute films.
In 2013, the Walt Disney Company officially began observing the day with Star Wars themed events and festivities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. A number of Star Wars Day deals and discounts are also made available on the Star Wars website.
How is Disney celebrating Star Wars Day 2021?
To mark Star Wars Day 2021, Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company have commissioned fan artists from all over the world to create new pieces of art for Disney+ in a fanart takeover.
The artwork celebration will continue on Disney+ from Tuesday 4 May until Saturday 9 May, with commissioned fanart taking over the land pages of Star Wars movies and series, including The Mandalorian, Star Wars: A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Additionally, Disney+ is premiering its new animated Star Wars series Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Tuesday 4 May. The show follows a rogue clone squad as they try to navigate the days following the fall of the Republic.
What are some ways I can celebrate?
There are loads of ways that Star Wars fans can take part in Star Wars Day 2021. While there might not be as many in person events you can attend due to Covid-19 guidelines, there are still ways that you can celebrate at home.
You can watch all of the Star Wars catalogue on Disney+, including the spinoff series The Mandalorian. Disney+ also boasts some of the more retro Star Wars offerings as well, such as The Story of the Faithful Wookie, Caravan of Courage and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
You can also try your hand at making some Star Wars themed food and drinks - there are a number of Star Wars themed recipes on the Star Wars website, such as Blue Milk Mando Macarons, Bad Batch Cookies and Ewok Sushi.
Audio book company Audible has a huge range of Star Wars titles on offer for fans to check out, bringing together amazing voice actors to bring the stories to life - with even some of the cast members from the animated shows returning to lend a voice.
You can try dressing up as your favourite character to celebrate the day as well, with social media such as TikTok elevating the art of cosplay to a new level.