More literary holidays in celebration of Bloomsday

This Sunday June 16, James Joyce fans will be recreating the events in the novel Ulysses in celebration of Bloomsday. The holiday is named after the main character Leopold Bloom and aims to recreate all the events that transpire over the course of the novel which takes place on June 16. 

The CBC Books team decided to put together some other options for literary holidays for those not interested in spending Bloomsday at the pub.

Kindred Spirit Day


Date: Whenever you and your bosom buddy decide

Inspired by: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

This is a holiday to celebrate with your best friend. Choose your friendaversary and on that day every year crack open a bottle of raspberry cordial and let the good times roll. To show your bosom buddy real appreciation, buy them a box of black hair dye or write them a poem.

Wonderland Day

AWL.jpgDate: June 21 (first day of summer)

Inspired by: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

This holiday is customizable: families are encouraged to piece together their own course of events from the rich tapestry of Alice's adventures. A popular way to celebrate is to get your extended family together in your back garden and release a rabbit. The first person to catch the rabbit gets to be the "Alice" (it's recommended that adults sit back and let a young child catch the rabbit. Come on, they're kids). Everyone else sits round and reads poetry to the "Alice." Later the group splits off and is free to enjoy some croquet and have a tea party. Everyone reconvenes later to cheer on "Alice" as she tries to create a pool of tears. Then, everyone goes swimming!

Lord Fly Day


Date: End of the school year

Inspired by: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This holiday is not for the faint of heart or weak stomached. Lord Fly Day is a celebration of the profane in order for society to appreciate the sacred -- kind of like Halloween! On the last day of school, children take over the gymnasium for a "you've been marooned fair." Activities include mock trials, campfire storytelling (the best stories involve ones about finding the conch and decorating the pig's head (plastic pig's head, don't worry). The principal dresses up as a pilot and children line up to tell the pilot/principal their ideas for what makes a society functional. The best idea wins!

Portrait Artist Appreciation Day


Date: April 1

Inspired by: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Your portrait works hard all year absorbing all the shocks of your hedonistic life while you stay forever youthful. And who else to thank for this other than your portrait artist? They gave you a new lease on life and therefore deserve your love and appreciation. But don't turn to Mother's Day or Father's Day for inspiration. A portrait artist can't be won over by flowers or brunch. Take them to an opium den or shower them with jewels and rare tapestries.

Victorian Tin Miner's Christmas


Date: December 25

Inspired by: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dickens is responsible for establishing most of the Christmas customs we are familiar with today but there are many customs from A Christmas Carol that have fallen by the wayside. If you're sick of celebrating Christmas the 21st-century way with material abundance and modern convenience, celebrate it the way a Victorian tin miner would. On Christmas Day, the women of the house adorn themselves in ribbons (if you spend more than sixpence on ribbons you've been ripped off), and set out to prepare the main meal of the day -- boiled potatoes and apple-sauce (once every five years you may have a goose). While the children wait to eat, they play family games like "pass the crutch" and take turns warming themselves in front of the fire. After the meal is eaten the night is spent sharing chestnuts and singing carols. A favourite carol is that one about a lost child travelling in the snow. It is best sung by a small child.

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