“Every life is in many days, day after day. We walk through ourselves, meeting robbers, ghosts, giants, old men, young men, wives, widows, brothers-in-love. But always meeting ourselves.”
― James Joyce, Ulysses
Today is Bloomsday, so let’s celebrate! And I’ve got a special treat for you.
Chances are you have no idea what I am talking about. Bloomsday? What is that? Another politically correct holiday?
June 16, 1904 is the day that Leopold Bloom wandered throughout Dublin in James Joyce’s book Ulysses. Leopold made many stops along his route, and at times, was joined by others including Stephen Dedalus.
Joyce enthusiasts celebrate Bloomsday every year to mark not only the anniversary of Leopold’s journey but also to celebrate all things James Joyce.
And Bloomsday is celebrated worldwide, not just in Dublin! Take a look around at local events and you might be surprised that a celebration is being held near you, should you be so inclined.
Friends and family know I’ve got a cosmic thing going on with researching James Joyce and Dublin. I am preparing to see many of Leopold’s sights (among others) with my own eyes in August. The universe and a special spirit have infused this calling into me, and I must go to Dublin in search of ….. well, I’m not sure, but I know I have to go.
To celebrate James Joyce, Bloomsday, Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, Dublin, Stephen Dedalus, and that special spirit, I created a Bloomsday/James Joyce printable for you.
You can click on the photo to download a .jpg version, or click here for a .pdf version. The .pdf is sized 8 1/2 x 11.
To learn more about Bloomsday, visit these links:
60 Second Know it All: Celebrating Bloomsday
The Real Irish History Behind Ulysses
Origins of Bloomsday from The Complete Ulysses
James Joyce, Ulysses and Bloomsday: What you NEED to Know