Galician Literature Day
|Galician Literature Day|
|Official name||Día das Letras Galegas|
|Observed by||Galicia, Spain|
|Next time||17 May 2014|
Galician Literature Day (Galician: Día das Letras Galegas, Spanish: Día de las Letras Gallegas) is a public holiday observed in Galicia, Spain. It is a celebration of the Galician language and its literature which was inaugurated by the Royal Galician Academy in 1963. This celebration has taken place on May 17 each year since 1963. In the year 1991 Galician Literature Day was declared a public holiday in all Galicia.
The first celebration took place in 1963 to commemorate the centenary of Cantares gallegos, the first work written in the Galician language by Rosalía de Castro (1837–1885), who later became one of the most important poets in the history of Galicia. Cantares gallegos was first published on May 17, 1863.
Since 1963, each Galician Literature Day has been dedicated to a different writer in the Galician language. Only writers who have been dead for at least ten years are eligible, and the choice is made by the Real Academia Galega (Royal Galician Academy). There is only one precedent of a "shared" Day: in 1998, the day was dedicated to Martín Codax, Xohán de Cangas and Mendinho, together with the authors of the medieval songs (cantigas).
These are the authors which have been honored on Galician Literature Day:
- Listaxe de Figuras homenaxeadas no Día das Letras Galegas, Real Academia Galega, June 27, 2009
- Ramón Piñeiro será homenaxeado o Día das Letras Galegas 2009, Real Academia Galega, July 5, 2008
- Uxío Novoneyra será homenaxeado o Día das Letras Galegas do ano 2010 Real Academia Galega, June 27, 2009
- Día das Letras Galegas a Díaz Castro Real Academia Galega, June 21, 2013
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