Bloomsday is a celebration of the life and works of James Joyce which takes place every year on June  in Dublin and cities around the world. The day is named after Leopold Bloom; the main character in his novel Ulysses. The story centres on events in the life of Bloom on one single day, 16th June 1904 (also the day in which Joyce and his future wife, Nora Barnacle, had their first date). Bloomsday was officially celebrated in Ireland for the first time in 1954, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the novel’s events. Joyce started writing Ulysses in 1914 but it wasn’t published until 1922 in Paris.

Now, in Dublin every year, hundreds of Joyce enthusiasts dress up in typical clothes from the era and take part in various organised activities. These include readings of the novel, theatrical performances and music as well as visiting places linked to the novel and following the path through Dublin that Leopold Bloom took back in 1904. Eating and drinking play a large part in the celebrations too; especially the traditional Bloomsday Breakfast. This involves eating the same Irish fried breakfast as the one Leopold Bloom had on the morning of June 16th.

Illustration by ​Libero Gozzini and Ivan Canu, taken from A Selection from Dubliners by James Joyce, Reading and Training, Step 5 (B2.2)