World Dracula Day

World Dracula Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on May 26th and is an international commemoration of the publication of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula.” Ever since its release in the late 19th century, this book had left its indelible mark on literature, and many years later, on movies.

Although vampires have existed in folklore for thousands of years, it wouldn’t be until Bram Stoker’s masterful work that they were seen as a real, foreboding force of evil. That’s probably why Dracula has persisted throughout the years in one form or another. It’s also probably why this holiday is now celebrated every year. Vampires are a force in horror literature, and Dracula has been and will always be their king.

The History Of World Dracula Day

This epistolary novel of Dracula was published on May 26th, 1897 and it draws heavily on the history and folklore of Transylvanian to tell its tale. Bram Stoker chose the name “Dracula” for the monster in his book because he thought that the name meant “devil” in Romanian.

The name Dracula means “son Of Dracul,” with Dracul indeed being the name for the “devil.” However, this word comes from the Latin word “Draco,” which means “dragon.” So, why it is used as the name for the devil when it actually means dragon? It’s because dragons are often associated with Satan.

But all of that is probably more than anyone actually needs to know to celebrate this holiday.World Dracula Day would eventually be created in 2012 by the Whitby Dracula Society 1897. This organization, as the name suggests, is based in Whitby Abbey, England, and was founded in 1897.

This society celebrates everything Dracula and the cultural importance of this novel. This holiday has helped to raise the profile of Dracula to whole new levels and encourage even more people to celebrate this day.

Observing World Dracula Day

World Dracula Day can be observed by anyone who loves this fictional monster. And clubs all over the world do just that. Just a quick look on the Internet will reveal that there are events held all over the world.

Events that include book readings, watching the movie Dracula, and “vampire-themed” parties. On social media, people can spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #WorldDraculaDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 26 Sunday
Next year (2025)
May 26 Monday
Last year (2023)
May 26 Friday
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