Bloomsday is a commemoration observed annually on June 16 to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and re-live the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on that day in Dublin in 1904.The name derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses.
Bloomsday has grown to unforeseen heights. Of course, some of the most important events are in Dublin. However there are celebrations worldwide. There are many Bloomsday events in Trieste, Italy, where the first part of Ulysses was written. The Joyce Museum Trieste, opened on 16 June 2004, and collects works by and about Joyce, with a special emphasis on his period in Trieste. The Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia also has a large Bloomsday Festival.
The copyright on Joyce’s works in the European Union expired in 2011 and in celebration the entire text was tweeted 140 characters at a time. Ulysses is available for download from the Guttenburg Project, the free online depository of books in the public domain and an audio version is available from Librivox, also free.
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