James Joyce's famous first romantic date with his muse and future wife, Nora Barnacle (originally from Galway), was on Thursday, 16th June 1904 outside FINN'S HOTEL (where Nora worked as a maid) on Lincoln Place, Dublin.
James Joyce (born 2nd February 1882 in Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin and died 13th January 1941 in Zürich) immortalised this memorable personal occasion in his Magnum Opus, ULYSSES.
ULYSSES, written both in Trieste and Paris, was first published by Shakespeare and Company on 2nd February 1922. Next year we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its publication.
The 16th of June itself has become known as BLOOMSDAY - named after one of the novel's leading heroes, Leopold Bloom.
BLOOMSDAY was first celebrated in 1924 - and every year since 1954 on 16th June - in Dublin, Zürich (where James and Nora Joyce are buried in Friedhof Fluntern) and Trieste - and increasingly, throughout the world.
In Dublin, Joyceans and tourists alike follow in the footsteps of Leopold Bloom's perambulations from early morning to late at night throughout the city - many finely dressed in colourful Edwardian costumes - carrying ash plant sticks and wearing straw boater hats.
In ancient Ireland, Celtic peoples often presaged their communal and seasonal celebrations on the eves of the big days in question - e.g. St. Bridget's Eve (Imbolc), May Eve (Bealtine) and Halloween (Samhain).
This year, I decided to initiate a private Joycean celebration at twilight, which I termed BLOOMSEVE - by taking a snapshot photo of a magnificent orange sunset over Frankfurt-am-Main Praunheim to record the special occasion.
This BLOOMSDAY morning, I photographed a beautiful orange Geranium to celebrate the literary day that is in it with a BLOOMSDAY BLOSSOM or BLOOMSBLOSSOM - while listening to a magnificent and uninterrupted broadcast of ULYSSES on RTÉ Radio One Extra dating from BLOOMSDAY 1982.
BLOOMSDAY celebrations and Joycean literary research are continually supplying us with fascinating new experiences and wonderful literary insights.
So from 2021 on in, may #BLOOMSEVE and #BLOOMSBLOSSOM be integral parts of #BLOOMSDAY celebrations and festivities - especially on popular social media sites such asTwitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram - something akin to Gorgonzola cheese and a glass of red Burgundy wine in Duke Street!
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