On 17 May the annual celebration of Galician Literature Day takes place in the Spanish region of Galicia. This day commemorates the publication in 1863 of a work by Rosalía de Castro called Cantares Gallegos, which sparked a Renaissance of Galician poetry and literature.
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Most people in Galicia speak Spanish but also speak the local Galician tongue, which is related both to Spanish and to Portuguese. Many are proud of their local language and culture and celebrate it on Galician Literature Day.
In 1963, a hundred years after the “Rexurdimento”, or Galician Renaissance, began, the first Galician Literature Day was observed. Every year, the Royal Galician Academy selects one or more authors to focus on during the holiday. And many people read Galician poems and writings or attend public recitations of such literature.