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Galician Literature Day

Galician Literature Day 2024, 2025 and 2026

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.

YearDateDayHolidayAutonomous Communities
202417 MayFriGalician Literature Day Galicia
202517 MaySatGalician Literature Day Galicia
202617 MaySunGalician Literature Day Galicia
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

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.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayAutonomous Communities
202317 MayWedGalician Literature Day Galicia
202217 MayTueGalician Literature Day Galicia