Today is May the 4th (as in May the 4th be with you) and that means it’s Star Wars day across the globe and into a galaxy far, far away.
To get things started out on the right foot, Daisy Ridley and her intergalactic friends are wishing fans a happy “Star Wars Day” from the set of Episode VIII. The popular actor, who plays Rey in the new films, offers her thanks to fans for all the money raised through the “Star Wars: Force for Change” charity drive.
The studio is using the popular fan-day to remind everyone that this is their last chance to donate — a winner could win a trip to Ireland to visit Skellig Michael, the iconic location of Rey’s fateful meeting with Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.
If you haven’t donated to the wonderful cause, there is still time. Fans can show their Force and donate at CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange.
Lucasfilm left an open-letter fans this morning on the official Star Wars blog this morning, reminding fans that the special fan-day may not have started with the company, but they love it just the same.
The company stated, “Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.””
“While the idea of May the 4th did not start with Lucasfilm, the film company that created Star Wars has fully embraced the spirit of fandom that makes the day so special,” the studio added.
“May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977). The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.”