On September 13th fans from across the globe celebrated Roald Dahl Day. Originally launched on in 2006 to celebrate what would have been the writer’s 90th birthday, Roald Dahl Day has expanded to a full month of festivities. “Roald was a great believer in birthdays being filled with treats,” said Felicity Dahl, the author’s widow,”so he would be so happy that this tradition seems to be becoming an annual event.”
Dahl died in 1990 but his books remain as popular as ever, published in almost 50 languages. Favorite titles such as Matilda, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have been enjoyed by children and adults alike for generations in both book and film form.
Many activities in Dahl’s native United Kingdom occurred yesterday including dinner with a themed menu including “glumptious globgobblers” along with storytelling sessions, Roald Dahl Reading Relay, events at Waterstone’s bookshops, and the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize.
Former children’s laureate, Michael Rosen encouraged celebrating the day in a way Dahl would have wanted. “Roald Dahl was a writer who entertained, surprised, shocked and amazed millions of readers,” said Rosen. “On Roald Dahl Day, we remember his contribution to the world of children’s books and hear from people who knew him and worked with him. But these occasions aren’t sombre or sad ? they are full of fun, jokes and discoveries.”