Geek Pride Day Date in the current year: May 25, 2016

Geek Pride Day Geek Pride Day is an annual celebration that focuses on promoting geek culture. It is held on May 25 to commemorate the release of the first film in the Star Wars franchise (now known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) in 1977.

The slang term “geek” was originally used to describe non-mainstream and often eccentric people. Currently it typically refers to people who are obsessed with an intellectual pursuit or hobby, such as science, technology, computer games, science fiction or popular culture.

The first celebration of Geek Pride Day was organized by the Spanish blogger nicknamed señor Buebo in 2006. The largest celebration took place in Madrid where about three hundred geeks made a human Pac-Man.

Geek Pride Day quickly spread around the world via Internet and drew attention from mainstream media. In 2008, it was officially celebrated in the United States. Other countries that started to celebrate in the following years include (but are not limited to) Canada, Israel, Romania and Sweden.

Although date of May 25 was chosen to commemorate Star Wars, it coincides with some other fan holidays. The fans of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy celebrate it as Towel Day, and Terry Pratchett fans observed it as the Glorious 25th of May.

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