Star Wars fans gathered together at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on November 17th, 2019 to celebrate Life Day for the first time on planet Batuu in a wonderful fan-orchestrated event.
- Life Day was created for the cult classic Star Wars Holiday Special, a television variety show that aired in 1978, spun off of George Lucas's film of the previous year. In the special, Han Solo and his Wookiee first mate Chewbacca visit Kashyyyk so Chewy can celebrate Life Day with his family.
- More recently, Life Day has been referenced in other projects, including a mention in the premiere episode of The Mandalorian.
- Life Day was a time-honored holiday observed by the Wookiees on their forested home planet of Kashyyyk. It celebrated the values and tenets of Wookiee culture (who donned red robes for the holiday), including family, joy, and harmony. Life Day celebrations involved a feast and journey to the Tree of Life, which represented the first seed and spark of life on the planet. Said tree was decorated with crystalline Life Day Orbs, and rituals were conducted around it.
- Organized by Shawn Crosby and some other Star Wars superfans, what is being touted as the “1st Annual Life Day Celebration at Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland!” marked 41 years since The Star Wars Holiday Special was released in 1978. Star Wars fans gathered together and created their own celebration using the significant symbolism from the Holiday Special. Fans wore red, made their own luminated orbs, and even created their own songs (based on familiar human holiday tunes) for the event. The fans even had their own makeshift Life Day parade through Black Spire Outpost. Chewbacca was obviously partaking in the festivities as well, joining in the fun and activities throughout the fan-organized event in Galaxy’s Edge.
- Check out the video below to see how fans celebrated Life Day at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!