Galician Literature Day

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Galician Literature Day
In 2018
Official nameDía das Letras Galegas
Observed byGalicia, Spain
DateMay 17
Next time17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)

Galician Literature Day (Galician: Día das Letras Galegas) 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.[1] 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.[1]

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).

List of authors honoured on Galician Literature Day[edit]

These are the authors who have been honored on Galician Literature Day:[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Galician Literature Day, in memoriam Carlos Casares". Marca España. 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  2. ^ Listaxe de Figuras homenaxeadas no Día das Letras Galegas Archived 2009-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, Real Academia Galega, June 27, 2009
  3. ^ Ramón Piñeiro será homenaxeado o Día das Letras Galegas 2009 Archived 2009-07-16 at the Portuguese Web Archive, Real Academia Galega, July 5, 2008
  4. ^ Uxío Novoneyra será homenaxeado o Día das Letras Galegas do ano 2010 Archived 2009-07-16 at the Portuguese Web Archive Real Academia Galega, June 27, 2009
  5. ^ Día das Letras Galegas a Díaz Castro Real Academia Galega, June 21, 2013

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