May 4, 2021 – Bird Day | National Star Wars Day

May The Fourth Be With You!

Welcome to May 4th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate rites of Spring and movie magic. 

Male birds tend to be more beautiful than their female companions. And there’s a reason. In the bird world, the female chooses her mate based on how he woos her—and this involves catching her eye. Take, the Costa’s Hummingbird, who puts on an elaborate aerial show in front of the lady he’s courting. Twisting and turning and doing mid-air tricks, he shows off his radiant green body in the hopes that she’ll want him. But then he has to pull off the big finale: puffing out the plumes on his head to look like a big purple dandelion. And even then, she might shrug and fly away. Suddenly, swiping right doesn’t seem like such a big deal, does it? On Bird Day celebrate the eye-catching dance rituals that you thankfully don’t have to pull off yourself.

During the Summer of ‘77, people across America were sitting in darkened movie theatres, crunching away on popcorn as the screen went to black.  A short phrase appeared that would change movie history. “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”  And with that we were hooked on the story of Luke Skywalker and his battle against the Empire.  Star Wars and all its sequels have not only reshaped pop culture, but also moviemaking in general.  There are spin offs galore and merchandise deals of galactic proportions, with an estimated 7 billion dollars of merch revenue during any year a new movie is released.  On National Star Wars Day, celebrate by dressing up as a Jedi or Wookie and whatever you do, “May the Fourth Be With You!”  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.

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