Star wars day 2013, Since 1977, the Star Wars fiction has taken on a life of its own. Its fandom has given Wars an almost unrivalled cultural influence that goes beyond the borders of traditional movie-goers or fictions fanbases.

Some go further and incorporate the Jedi philosophy from the Star Wars universe into their lives.

Jedi as a religion started with the UK's Jedi census phenomenon where, starting in 2001, people wrote “Jedi” in government census forms.

In England and Wales, 390,127 people identified themselves as Jedi in 2001.

Ten years later, the number had fallen to 176,632, in seventh place in the survey.

As a result, several Jedi-related cults have seen the light of day with overlapping philosophies inspired by the movies.

The Church of Jediism states on its website:“We believe that we are all connected by the force, not just people but plants and animals too.

"It’s what binds us, so when we die we believe that much like your body goes into the soil to fertilize and make way for life, your soul and spirit give into the universe joining the flow of the force which joins us all.”

Star Wars’ influence continues to spread, more than 35 years after the release of the first movie.

May 4th is not the only day in May dedicated to the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars is also celebrated on May 25th, dubbed by many fans International Day of the Jedi, as it is the birthday of the release of Episode IV in 1977.

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