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Star Wars Days (May the Fourth Be With You)
"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times, before the Empire."
— Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." Star Wars, the epic space opera film, written and directed by George Lucas, captured the world's imagination with its ancient and archetypical themes of the hero's journey and the ever present battle between good and evil. Star Wars Day, May 4th, became popular allegedly due to an indirect Star Wars movie reference used on May 4, 1979, the day Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom! Supposedly, an online news article from the Danish public broadcaster placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News, saying "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." As all Star Wars devotees know, in the Jedi Order, a Grand Master is usually the oldest, most experienced and best trained of all in Jedi arts, including learning the ways of the metaphysical power known as "the Force"! Yoda and Luke Skywalker are Jedi Grandmasters. One of several Star Wars tribute tartans in a collection by a prolific tartan designer, this tartan's colours represent: 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."
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.
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
- 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).