What Will YOU Be Doing for Bloomsday This Year?
Not familiar with Bloomsday? No worries. You’re most likely familiar with Irish author James Joyce’s literary classic Ulysses, which was required reading for many in high school. Ulysses gives a descriptive tale of Leopold Bloom as he passes through Dublin, Ireland on a day like many others. Bloomsday celebrates the life and commemoration of Joyce and takes place each year on June 16. This date is special, as it was the first date James Joyce had with his future wife, Nora Barnacle in 1904.
On Bloomsday, people from all over gather together at various locations and venues to perform Ulysses readings, engage in dramatizations and watch street performances. Bloomsday enthusiasts often dress in traditional Edwardian costume and retrace the footsteps of Leopold Bloom through Dublin.
Wanna celebrate Bloomsday this year? Check your local listings for fun celebratory engagements. If you’re in Philadelphia, stop by the Rosenbach Museum & Library for an all day reading! Local pubs will be playing Irish music and preparing Irish food. Are you near Syracuse, NY? Pass by Johnston’s Ballybay to watch costumed performances and public readings.
Be safe and have fun! Happy Bloomsday, everyone!