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Book days around the world

Literary Holidays From Around The World

Most readers are familiar with World Book Day, Library Week, and National Poetry Month, but most aren’t as familiar with lesser known holidays like Jolabokaflod, Burns Supper, or Bloomsday. These literary holidays from around the world keep readers looking forward to book-centric gatherings all year round.

 

1. Jólabókaflóð – December 24

 

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With Iceland publishing more books per capita than any other country with 5 titles per every 1,000 Icelanders, it’s no wonder that one of their most anticipated holidays is commonly known as the “Christmas Book Flood.” Kristjan B. Jonasson, President of the Iceland Publishers Association, said, “The culture of giving books as presents is very deeply rooted…we give the presents on the night of the 24th and people spend the night reading.” Books are mostly purchased from late September to early November, thus the name of the “book flood” when the books purchased are given as gifts. 

 

2. Burns Supper – January 25

 

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This annual celebration of the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns brings not only Scots, but also Scots-at-heart together to celebrate his literary contributions. Most commonly celebrated with dinner and drinks, the holiday not only celebrates Burns, but also Scottish culture as a whole. Dinner usually consists of Haggis, a dish made of oats, spices, and sheep offal alongside potatoes and all topped off with a whiskey sauce. 

 

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3. Bloomsday – June 16

 

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One of the most recognized literary holidays, Bloomsday celebrates the events portrayed in James Joyce’s famous Dublin-based novel, Ulysses, along with the author himself. The day is celebrated with an assortment of activities ranging from walking tours to public readings across Dublin and around the world. On the Sunday before the 100th anniversary of the fiction events, 10,000 people in Dublin were treated to a free full Irish breakfast consisting of sausages, rashers, toast, beans, and puddings. 

 

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4. National Tom Sawyer Days – July 4, 5, and 6

 

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The National Tom Sawyer Days take place in Mark Twain’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri with activities offered for all ages and all interested. It is celebrated every year with with a parade float, flea market, and carnival for children. Celebrated simultaneously with the Fourth of July, celebratory fireworks are set off over the Mississippi River. 

 

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5. Hemingway Days – July 16-21

 

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Hemingway Days are celebrated every year to revel in the legacy of Ernest Hemingway, his work, and his lifestyle. Celebrated with literary readings, theatrical premiers, short story competition, fishing tournament, 5K Run, the Running of the Bulls, Paddle board race, and rounding it all out with a birthday “party” to celebrate Hemingway’s birthday on the 21st. Hemingway Days are celebrated yearly in Key West, Florida, where Hemingway wrote some of his best-known works.. 

 

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Reese Witherspoon Just Wrote a Book and We Need 20 Copies

While Reese Witherspoon was busy creating a podcast and preparing for Big Little Lies Season 2, she had time to write a lifestyle book.

 

Witherspoon’s grandmother, Dorothea, always told her that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup,” inspiring the title of Witherspoon’s newest release. 

 

She went to Instagram to announce her new book and it looks adorable.

 

 

She took inspiration from her southern roots to inspire everything from decorating, family traditions, and even how she does her hair. Along with her Southern hospitality tricks and tips, she also includes some of Dorothea’s recipes.

 

The book is set to hit shelves September 18th of this year and is now available for preorder

 

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What hygge is

Allow the Scandinavians to Teach You Their Joyous Ways in New Book

Some may remember 2017 as “The Year of Hygge.” The concept reached its warm fluffy arms far and wide throughout Europe all that year and the year before it. Scandinavia contains some of the leading examples of happy societies in the world today. Denmark time and time again proves itself to be statistically the happiest nation in the world. With free university education, universal healthcare, efficient infrastructure, paid family leave and the right to at least one month of vacation a year being just a few examples of how much Nordic people have their sh*t together, Scandinavia, despite its long dark days of winter has become one of the most enticing parts of the world to live in. 

 

Don’t worry though, there are books the rest of us can read on how to not be a grim cynical inhabitant of winter and on how to embrace the philosophy of comfort, togetherness and well-being instead.

 

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas ( the most hygge period of the year) just around the corner, we’re about as ready as the next guy to build cosy forts, stick our dogs in there and roll up with a book and a cup of coffee and not leave ever.

 

“Hygge,” pronounced “heurgha” is kind of a huge deal in Denmark, however it  has no direct translation to English, although “hug” comes to mind. Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hyggewho is also the CEO of the The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen (yes it is real), tells us of its importance in describing it as a key indicator of any Danish social gathering. 

 

“We talk about hygge things coming up that we’re looking forward to; we point out when something hygge is happening right now, and then we like to talk about what a great ‘hyggelit‘ time we’ve had afterwards.” Did he just say ‘hygge-LIT’? “You hear hygge being talked about all the time – by everyone, no matter who they are. It’s like a form of Tourette’s.” 

 

So if you missed out on the hygge-hype last Winter, don’t worry you can always take part this year round. Here are a few instances in which you might find yourself trying to be like happy Danish people: Eating pastries in candlelight is hygge. Using your dog as a couch pillow is hygge. Chilling with friends around the fire pit is hygge. Not navigating a crowded sidewalk made out of snow ice and sludge is hygge. Seems pretty attainable.

 

Of course hygge exists outside of Denmark, but people don’t seem to have a name for it yet. Look no further for guidance than the best selling book in the arch of Scandinavian living, The Little Book of Hygge for tips on how to live a happier, more fulfilled life this season.

 

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Author Meik Wiking, who has been acknowledged by The New York Times as making hygge ‘a fully-fledged lifestyle category,” describes hygge as “comfort, togetherness, well-being…hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, it is about being with the people we love, a feeling of home, a feeling that we are safe.” 

 

This little instruction manual may be purchased here as a Christmas gift for a loved one or maybe to be the first addition to your new coffee table or bookshelf.

 

Also relevant to last year’s craze are the astonishing amount of books that have been published based around the nordic lifestyle ranging from design, architecture, food and well-being. Here are a few examples of the bestsellers, if you’re serious about getting serious about hygge:

 

1. How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets To a Happy Life by Signe Johansen

 

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2. The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets of The World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell

 

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3. Making Winter: A Hygge-Inspired Guide to Surviving The Winter Months by Emma Mitchell

 

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4. Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark

 

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