Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala
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May the 4th be with you. Star Wars Day
May the fourth be with you! The 'Star Wars' universe has captured the imagination of fans for decades, and today is the day to celebrate its impact, which, like the Force, is all around us. The original 1977 film introduced us to a galaxy far, far away, a cast of unforgettable characters, and a gripping battle between the light and dark sides of 'the Force'. The franchise has branched into television, books, comics, theme parks, and nearly every product you can think of.
Fans might recognise today's image of Mayan ruins in Tikal, Guatemala as the rebel base on Yavin 4 from 'Star Wars: A New Hope.' These real-life temples served as a key setting in the cinematic Battle of Yavin, a fight so pivotal in the 'Star Wars' storyline that calendar years in the universe are called ABY or BBY: After the Battle of Yavin or Before the Battle of Yavin.