Life Day was a time-honored holiday observed by the Wookiees on their forested home planet of Kashyyyk, in the galaxy's Mid Rim. It celebrated the values and tenets of Wookiee culture, including family, joy, and harmony. Traditionally, Life Day celebrations were held around the Tree of Life on Kashyyyk and observed by extended families. However, the Wookiee diaspora of the galaxy still marked the day. When Wookiees were enslaved by the Galactic Empire, the holiday took on an even greater significance.
Many years after the Imperial Era when an Unidentified Whill was tasked with writing history for the Journal of the Whills, a fellow Whill protested about how it was being being written. This second Whill angrily stormed off stating they would write about how Chewbacca and his family celebrated the holiday.
Behind the scenesEdit
Life Day originated in The Star Wars Holiday Special, a television variety show that was spun off of Star Wars, George Lucas's film of the previous year. In the special, Han Solo and his Wookiee first mate Chewbacca visit Kashyyyk so the latter can celebrate Life Day with his family. However, that story is part of the Star Wars Legends continuity, formerly known as the "Expanded Universe," and therefore is no longer official canon as of the 2014 reboot.
The 2017 short story "Whills", which was written by Tom Angleberger and released as part of the From a Certain Point of View anthology book, contains a brief, humorous reference to the Holiday Special, with a character stating that they have "some great ideas for an episode about how Chewbacca's family celebrates Life Day".
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