Happy Bloomsday, Constant Reader
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:
––Introibo ad altare Dei.
Halted, he peered down the dark winding stairs and called out coarsely:
––Come up, Kinch! Come up, you fearful jesuit!
Bloomsday is a commemoration observed annually on June 16 in Dublin, Ireland and elsewhere to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses (1922), all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904. The name derives from Leopold Bloom, the protagonist of Ulysses. June 16 was the date of Joyce's first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle, when they walked to the Dublin village of Ringsend.