On May 4, 2011, film fans around the world first celebrated Star Wars Day. Why May 4? Quick-witted fans adapted the franchise’s signature farewell: May the 4th be with you.
 
American filmmaker George Lucas released the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Since then, the Star Wars universe has spawned films, television series, novels, video games, and comic books. Museum exhibits about the series’ impact on science and popular culture have traveled throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Japan, and Singapore. Star Wars has been translated into more than a dozen languages—and was the first film in history to be translated to a Native American language (Navajo).
 
Lucas rooted his science fiction story in global myths and real geographic ecosystems, making the series appealing to fans all over the world. Some of the familiar settings of this “galaxy far, far away” include the forest moon of Endor; the desert planet of Tatooine; the swamp planet of Dagobah; the snow-ice planet of Hoth; and city-planet of Coruscant.
celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

city
Noun

large settlement with a high population density.

Noun

area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.

dozen
Noun

a group of 12.

Noun

community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.

exhibit
Noun

display, often in a museum.

familiar
Adjective

well-known.

farewell
Interjection

expression of good-bye and good luck.

forest
Noun

ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.

franchise
Noun

licensed group of connected works, such as films, books, and video games.

galaxy
Noun

collection of stars, planets, gases, and other celestial bodies bound together by gravity.

language
Noun

set of sounds, gestures, or symbols that allows people to communicate.

myth
Noun

legend or traditional story.

Native American
Noun

person whose ancestors were native inhabitants of North or South America. Native American usually does not include Eskimo or Hawaiian people.

Navajo
Noun

people and culture native to the southwestern United States.

novel
Noun

fictional narrative or story.

popular culture
Noun

goods, services, ideas, and patterns of their use in a population.

science fiction
adjective, noun

art form that draws on knowledge of science for plot, setting, or character.

signature
Adjective

unique identifying feature or characteristic.

snow
Noun

precipitation made of ice crystals.

spawn
Verb

to give birth to.

Noun

land permanently saturated with water and sometimes covered with it.

translate
Verb

to turn written or spoken text into a different language.

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