We’re only a week away from Thanksgiving here in the U.S., but in the Star Wars galaxy, today marks a special holiday … Life Day.
What’s Life Day, you ask? Well, let me explain …
In that galaxy far, far away, this is traditionally the day Wookiees come together with their loved ones to celebrate family, friendship, joy and harmony. Wookiees may have a reputation for their ferocity, short tempers and huge, shaggy frames – you are probably familiar with Chewbacca, hero of the Rebel Alliance and the Resistance, and one of the most famous Wookiees in history. But Wookiees are tender and gentle when they’re at peace, and they’re fiercely loyal to their family and friends, which is what Life Day is all about.
They began celebrating the holiday thousands of years ago on their home planet of Kashyyyk, and continued to mark the day as they traveled to and settled on other planets. In a gesture of peaceful defiance, they even maintained this tradition through the dark days of the Galactic Empire.
Following the fall of the Empire and the Wookiees’ subsequent liberation, Life Day took on a new meaning. Inspired by the Wookiees’ courage, cultures all across the galaxy – from the Core Worlds to the Outer Rim and beyond – adopted the holiday and made it their own. It’s now generally celebrated with festive décor, twinkling string lights, music, special food and more. It’s a time for everyone – regardless of your heritage – to come together as one in honor of freedom and peace, love and togetherness.
If you’d like to celebrate with your loved ones today, you can toast Life Day at Oga’s Cantina inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland park in California. Today we’re debuting a new sampler of four favorite drinks – the Fuzzy Tauntaun, Jedi Mind Trick, Outer Rim and Yb Nub – paired with Five Blossom bread; this is a special evening treat, available beginning at 7 p.m. each night through Jan. 8, 2023.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida will also offer a new Disney PhotoPass Magic Shot experience where you will appear to hold a glowing Life Day orb in your hand. You can also check out some of the new Life Day merchandise we recently released to get into the spirit of the season.
And knowing how the good folks at the Chandrila Star Line like to operate, I wouldn’t be surprised to find some new Life Day offerings aboard the Halcyon starcruiser, as well.
So, happy Life Day everyone! I hope you’re able to celebrate with us, with your friends and loved ones … and maybe even a Wookiee.
by Scott Trowbridge, Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
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