May 4

Star Wars Days (May the Fourth Be With You)

Grand Master Skywalker (Star Wars)
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Luke Skywalker on Tattoine
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“I’m Luke Skywalker. I’m here to rescue you.”

~ Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

May the Fourth be with you! Apocryphally, the fourth of May became Star Wars Day as a result of an indirect Star Wars movie reference first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster stated that her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." In the Jedi Order, a Grand Master is usually the oldest, most experienced and best trained of all Jedi. The Grand Master dictates the organization's general policies while providing direction and guidance to the entire Jedi Order. Yoda and Luke Skywalker were Jedi Grandmasters. One of several Star Wars tribute tartans in a collection by a prolific tartan designer with colours representing: the lightsaber's blade, the dark and light side of the Force, the sands of Tattoine, and Luke's flight suit. May the Force be with You, this Fourth!

For May 4th, Star Wars Day, "May the Fourth be with you!" ("May the Force be with you") and the follow-on day, May 5th, "Revenge of the Fifth" (Revenge of the Sith) we have the unofficial, but fearsome tartan "Lord Vader" (Star Wars) as part of a series representing tributes to the dark and light side of the Force and characters from the Star Wars Universe, the epic American space-opera media franchise created by George Lucas.

 

The franchise began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon.  Its universal themes, focusing on the struggle between democracy and dictatorship as well as elements of historical philosophical and religious elements continue to resonate.

Apocryphally, the fourth of May became Star Wars Day as a result of an indirect Star Wars movie reference first used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.  An online news article from the Danish public broadcaster stated that her political party, the Conservatives, placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations."

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The Jedi are the main protagonists in the Star Wars universe.  They are depicted as an ancient monastic, academic, meritocratic and quasi-militaristic organization whose origin dates back approximately 25,000 years before the events of the first film.

The Jedi Order mostly consists of polymaths; teachers, philosophers, scientists, engineers, physicians, diplomats, and warriors. The Jedi moral value system views purity of thought and detachment of emotions as essential to enlightenment. Their traditional weapon is the lightsaber, a device which generates a blade-like plasma. 

 

Fascinatingly, the fictional organization has inspired a real-world new religious movementJediism.

In the Jedi Order, a Grand Master is usually the oldest, most experienced and best trained of all Jedi. The Grand Master dictates the organization's general policies while providing direction and guidance to the entire Jedi Order. Yoda and Luke Skywalker are Jedi Grandmasters.

The colours of this particular tartan reference:
 

Ross Green: For the blade of Luke's lightsaber
Black: For the dark side of the Force
Peroxide White: For the light side of the Force
Mustard Yellow: For the sands of Tattoine
Gold: For Luke's flight suit

Grandmaster Skywalker  (Star Wars) is one of several Star Wars tribute tartans designed by ZenMonkee in Scotweb, including:
 

- Protocol Droid
- Dogobah Dweller
- Astromech
- Vader's Fist
- Jabba's Prisoner 
- Clan Solo 
- Grandmaster Skywalker
- Let the Wookie Win

For an interesting essay on the religious and philosophical influences on George Lucas, and how these influenced the story and characters in the film, click the still of Luke Skywalker on Tattoine from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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