Movie fans across the world have been marking Star Wars Day in style, donning costumes and posting to social media to show their appreciation for the sci-fi franchise.
Star Wars Day is celebrated on May 4 each year, with pun-making fans declaring
“May the fourth be with you"
in homage to the film series' classic Jedi phrase.
Happy #StarWarsDay to all our fans around the world and #MayThe4thBeWithYou! https://t.co/CzMsetw9IT— Star Wars (@Star Wars) 1556978402.0
The official Twitter account for the franchise asked fans to share their celebrations.
How are you celebrating Star Wars Day? Show us your fan art, cosplay, and more by using the #MayThe4thBeWithYou and… https://t.co/8xfCSwaCQv— Star Wars (@Star Wars) 1556981402.0
@starwars #StarWarsDay ⚽ https://t.co/sTI4HxoB3G— B/R Football (@B/R Football) 1556981516.0
@starwars @starwars Ready we are. #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://t.co/0OmfHyfsax— OhItsJustDece (@OhItsJustDece) 1556979187.0
With Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew passing away earlier this week, his family used the opportunity to share a special message.
A post on the actor's Twitter account read:
“May the 4th is a tribute to the scale of Star Wars reach and as we process losing Peter we have been reading all of your posts, hearing your stories & seeing decades worth of fan photos and from the bottom of our hearts we wanted to say Thank You."
May the 4th is a tribute to the scale of Star Wars reach and as we process losing Peter we have been reading all of… https://t.co/jHWcnvCXbC— Peter Mayhew Foundation (@Peter Mayhew Foundation) 1556989055.0
While many fans were tweeting, on England's south coast, cosplay actors at Portsmouth Comic Con took to the streets in their finest outfits, with Mayhew's own character Chewbacca, Darth Vader and many a stormtrooper on show.
Meanwhile in Ireland, members of the 501st Legion Ireland Garrison dressed as further characters including Rey and a snow trooper on a boat trip to Skellig Michael.
The most recent Star Wars trilogy was partially filmed on the small island.
In nearby Portmagee, as part of the town's May the 4th Festival, young children practiced their skills with a lightsaber by dueling on the grass.
On Twitter, Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill had his own twist on the celebration's shrewd slogan.
May The Fourth Bewitch You— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1556953517.0
Hamill also corrected a little BBC typo...
And Mark HAMILL isn't so bad at it either! #SpellcheckThatSurname @BBCOne @TheGNShow https://t.co/LU7o9iJ3V4— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1556994670.0
...shared a video from an organization he supports that creates prosthetics...
Watch this @openbionics video if YOU want to be "#SuperSuperHappy" on this #StarWarsDay2019. ⭐️🚀🤖💪 https://t.co/0jiqVO8cUm— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1557002063.0
...reminisced about his son's time on the set of The Empire Strikes Back...
Who else has a childhood scrapbook like this? Born in London 9/25/79 during the #ESB shoot-You would've been 2-1/2… https://t.co/bM84etFux3— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1557023885.0
...and answered a couple important fan questions, like what was up with the blue milk and...
Blue= long-life milk for camping trips stays fresh unrefrigerated (oily & sweet) 🤮 Green= coconut water color-enhan… https://t.co/poadS6QOEv— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1557030276.0
...when did Luke figure out Leia was his sister.
Judging by this photo, TOO late. #IgnoranceIsBlissButNoExcuse 🙄 #Innocestuous 😇 https://t.co/gDR3FU3BSk— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill) 1557034833.0
Meanwhile Warwick Davis, who first appeared as an Ewok in the original Star Wars trilogy film Return of the Jedi and recently appeared again as the character Woollivan in The Force Awakens, shared a message with fans.
Happy #StarWarsDay to everyone throughout the galaxy! The Force is strong with you all. #YubNub! https://t.co/lArzkpurP2— Warwick Davis (@Warwick Davis) 1556978686.0
Davis played roles in several Star Wars films.
The United Nations Women Twitter account took the chance to pay their respect to Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, for her “fierce portrayal of Princess Leia".
“Carrie Fisher's fierce portrayal of Princess Leia, a leader in a male-dominated universe, continues to inspire girls all around the (world) to never give up on their dreams."
Happy #StarWarsDay! ✨ Carrie Fisher’s fierce portrayal of Princess Leia, a leader in a male-dominated universe, co… https://t.co/sE8MAkjyau— UN Women (@UN Women) 1556966102.0
Several took the opportunity to remember Fisher...
@starwars Thank you @starwars for EVERYTHING! Where would we be with you? ♥️ https://t.co/QTpPpvI1l3— Maria (@Maria) 1556982824.0
@starwars #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://t.co/OEsASUfZ8n— 𝕷𝖆𝖚𝖗𝖆🎱 (@𝕷𝖆𝖚𝖗𝖆🎱) 1556978890.0
...and Kenny Baker.
Lots of love for Peter and Carrie this #StarWarsDay, but let's not forget the irreplaceable Kenny Baker, too. No m… https://t.co/VhAyjpYnpE— C.D. Gallant-King (@C.D. Gallant-King) 1557008648.0
The National Library of Scotland decided there was space for a joke during the celebrations, offering a rather unique weather update.
This is your Scottish Libraries weather upd- HANG ON THAT'S NO MOON WE HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS...… https://t.co/5JPetBaA9s— National Library of Scotland (@National Library of Scotland) 1556958260.0
And in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Liberal Party took things up a notch with a carefully edited photo of Obi-Wan Kenobi.
The economy is strong with this one. #StarWarsDay #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://t.co/xhR8znXVJe— Liberal Party (@Liberal Party) 1556919000.0
With Mr Morrison's face edited onto the image of the Jedi character, a caption next to the politician reads “the economy is strong with this one".
Here are some other highlights of the day.
On this #StarWarsDay, beautiful wisdom from George Lucas: “Everybody has the choice of being a hero or not being… https://t.co/3yyJIuvvOy— Samantha Power (@Samantha Power) 1556998367.0
Best friends, no matter where the galaxy takes them. #StarWarsDay #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://t.co/5S22nbMQvr— Star Wars (@Star Wars) 1557001171.0
😎 Jedi Bruce. May the 4th be with you. Shout out to @patrickn718 for making this awesome video 🐉👊🏽💥 . #BruceLee… https://t.co/ONesavCneO— Bruce Lee (@Bruce Lee) 1556979935.0
A message from Hyun Solo for #StarWarsDay. 🎟: https://t.co/JpQLJWAREh https://t.co/yCvIwEpD9Z— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Los Angeles Dodgers) 1557009711.0
Happy #StarWarsDay! #MayThe4thBeWithYou https://t.co/XqDZqDKNPM— Rooster Teeth (@Rooster Teeth) 1557002040.0
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... This galaxy is about 35 million light-years away and shows the… https://t.co/mHhAuLxz41— NASA (@NASA) 1557003901.0
.My boss let me cosplay at work for #StarWarsDay. So I absolutely 'had' to try this. Thank you @rianjohnson for the… https://t.co/59Ns1CdFae— Phoebe-ana Jones (He/Him/His) (@Phoebe-ana Jones (He/Him/His)) 1557032105.0
I think it was meant to be that my graduation from Penn State falls on #StarWarsDay! I’d like to think Carrie Fishe… https://t.co/IDUhFnYvBd— Tina Locurto (@Tina Locurto) 1557013900.0
But after May the 4th...
...comes Revenge of the Fifth!
The fourth is no longer with you, Today is revenge of the fifth! #StarWarsDay #RevengeOfTheFifth #SummerGlau… https://t.co/03bM8Uuoty— Summer-Glau.com (@Summer-Glau.com) 1557038008.0
See you all next year!