World Dracula Day is observed on May 26th each year to celebrate the iconic vampire character, Count Dracula, created by Bram Stoker.
Bram Stoker's novel, "Dracula," was published in 1897 and introduced the world to one of the most famous literary vampires.
Count Dracula is inspired by the real historical figure, Vlad the Impaler, a ruler of Wallachia in the 15th century known for his brutal methods of execution.
Transylvania, a region in modern-day Romania, serves as the eerie setting for Bram Stoker's novel and is often associated with the legend of Dracula.
The name "Dracula" is derived from the Romanian word "dracul," which means "devil" or "dragon," and is also associated with Vlad the Impaler's father, Vlad II, who was a member of the Order of the Dragon.
The novel "Dracula" popularized many vampire tropes and established the modern portrayal of vampires, including their aversion to sunlight, vulnerability to garlic and crucifixes, and the need to sleep in coffins.
Count Dracula is depicted as a seductive and immortal vampire with the ability to transform into a bat, control other creatures of the night, and sustain his existence by feeding on human blood.
Count Dracula's castle, often referred to as Castle Dracula, is a fictional location but is believed to be inspired by the real Bran Castle in Romania, which is a popular tourist attraction.