There is an event in Madrid that reminds us of the Dublin’s Blooomsday: it is called La noche de Max Estrella and it is a commemoration of the book ‘Luces de Bohemia’ by Ramón María del Valle-Inclán. It is held every year on the night of March 26th.
Luces de Bohemia was a book written in the early 20th century by Valle-Inclán and it is set in central Madrid: Calle Mayor, Calle Arenal, Puerta del Sol and Carrera de San Jerónimo, among other streets. Max Estrella is the main character of the event in Madrid and of the book, which recounts the night adventures of this blind journalist.
During the journey of La noche de Max Estrella, the ‘bohemians’ visit several places of interest in the city, that are present someway in the book: the chocolate shop San Ginés (called ‘La Buñolería Modernista’ in the ouvre) or the Casa de Correos in Puerta del Sol (Ministerio de Gobernación in the book).
La noche noche de Max Estrella is an event in Madrid that also commemorates other Spanish writers, like Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, and Mariano José de Larra, a romantic writer in the 19th century.