Stormtroopers, Jedis celebrate Star Wars Day at Taipei 101

05/04/2021 07:21 PM
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Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Stormtroopers and Jedi Knights led by Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader took over the Taipei 101 skyscraper Tuesday to mark May 4 Star Wars Day.

May 4 is globally recognized by Star Wars fans as a commemorative day because "May the fourth" is a pun on the movie series' most iconic line -- "May the force be with you."

Brandishing luminescent lightsabers and particle beam blasters, the cosplayers took the elevator up to the Taipei 101 Observatory on the 89th floor where they met up with close to 100 other diehard Star Wars fans dressed as their favorite characters.

Every year, Taiwan's Star Wars fans celebrate the event at an iconic location in the country to help give it exposure, said Makoto Tsai (蔡榮洲), the organizer, himself a die-hard sci-fi aficionado and arguably Taiwan's No. 1 hardcore Star Wars fan.

"I want to use this opportunity to show iconic places in Taiwan to the world because Star Wars Day is a global event and everybody will be watching. I just want to use this chance show off my country," Tsai said.

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Richard Wu (吳育達), Taipei 101 senior director and head of corporate branding and communications, said he was very happy that Taiwan was still able to hold Star Wars Day despite the COVID-19 pandemic because the event means a lot for fans.

"Star Wars fans in Taiwan have become one of few around the world that are able to hold the celebratory event, and Taipei 101 is very honored to be able to be part of it," Wu said.

Other places in Taiwan that have previously hosted Star Wars Day include Taipei's Huashan 1914 Creative Park, National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Presidential Office, Tsai said.

At the observatory, Star Wars fan, 35-year-old Alexandre Cailleaux, who joined the event as Rebel Alliance pilot Hans Solo, said "the fact that the government and Taiwan in general is so careful about it (the COVID-19 pandemic) and manage to do it so well so that we can have this kind of event is amazing."

"I'm French, and right now we can't even imagine having this kind of event," Cailleaux said.

(By Joseph Yeh and William Yen)

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