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Date: June 16
Origin: The celebration of the works of Irish writer James Joyce, specifically the events of his 1922 novel "Ulysses," began in 1954 when Irish artist and critic John Ryan and writer Flann O'Brien decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the novel's events (on June 16, 1904) by retracing the path of Leopold Bloom around Dublin. Today, the holiday is celebrated around the world, with readings, dramatizations, pub crawls and more.
Pictured: A statue of James Joyce in Dublin.