The Bloomsday is celebrated annually on the 16th June, as Thursday 16 June 1904 was a date when James Joyce’s Ulysses was set. It is named after the protagonist Leopold Bloom. Hard to imagine, such a thick book for just one day, huh? Have you read Ulysses yet? I have started a long time ago, but I was pretty young back then, so may give it another go one day. I read and enjoyed the Dubliners by the same author, if you are up for the taste of Joyce but wish to start with something easier to read than Ulysses.
If you wish to join the celebration, put on a straw hat and dress up in clothes from the era and go to Dublin for various book reading, performances and to visit places described in the book, some even have a full Irish breakfast at the James Joyce Centre on the morning of that day with the usual ingredients, like sausage, fried egg, pudding, mushrooms etc but also accompanied with liver and kidneys as this is something that Leopold Bloom had for his brekkie.
The Bloomsday dates back as far as 1922 when Ulysses was published for the first time but only amongst James Joyce’s circle of friends. First proper celebration in Ireland took place in 1954. Nowadays the celebration has spread around the world.
If you would like to see in detail what had been planned for the celebrations this year,
Hope you enjoyed the Bloomsday.
What other book comes to mind on St. Patrick’s Day if not the impressively illustrated Book of Kells? St.Patrick insisted on preserving the scriptures. The Book of Kells contains four Gospels of the Life of Jesus Christ by evangelists: Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Regardless of weather or not you are a religious person, the book is a national treasure dating back to the medieval times and worth seeing. It is on exhibition in the Trinity College in Dublin. The Old Library itself is a must see. Have you already been there and were impressed by the book? Go again, they change the pages at display.
Happy Paddy’s Day!
In 1995 UNESCO has established a World Book and Copyright Day to pay a tribute to books and their authors and to encourage people, especially children, to read. The official date is the 23rd April but individual countries tend to choose their own day and so Ireland is celebrating the World Book Day Ireland on the 2nd of March this year.
My hometown city Wroclaw was named by UNESCO the World Book Capital of year 2016.
I remember the long hours spent there in libraries with academic reference books… I am glad I can now read purely for pleasure.
Today I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading my blog. Here is a little screen shot showing all the countries and continents where somehow there were people interested enough in reading my blog 😉
Thank you all very much again and I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing it.