What is Bloomsday?
Let’s call it a literary Holy Day.
Well it is certainly is to me – and thousands of others. It’s also one of my favourite days of the year. Right up there with Xmas, Halloween and tax rebate day.
For those that do not know, Bloomsday is the the annual celebration of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The book details an epic day in the life of Leopold Bloom, in the 24-hour span of June 16, 1904.
June 16, 1904 was also the day that Joyce met his lover, companion and eventually (they married in 1931), his wife, Nora Barnacle.
Ulysses is my favourite book.
How much do I love Ulysses? If I had a bible, this would be it. I even tried to find a passage to read at my wedding but couldn’t find anything appropriate. I really shouldn’t have been surprised by that, actually.
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