The Día das Letras Galegas, or Galician Literature Day, is an annual celebration that honors Galician writers and their contributions to the Galician language and culture.
It was first celebrated in the early 1960s when a group of Galician intellectuals such as Ramón Martínez López proposed the establishment of a day dedicated to honoring Galician literature to recognize the achievements of Galician writers, raise awareness about the Galician language, and preserve the cultural identity of Galicia.
The first Día das Letras Galegas took place on May 17th, 1963, commemorating the centenary of the birth of Rosalía de Castro, one of the most prominent and beloved figures in Galician literature.
After that, each year the Día de las Letras Galegas focuses on the life and work of a specific Galician writer. This chosen author’s literary contributions and cultural influence are highlighted through various activities, including conferences, exhibitions, book fairs, and readings.
Schools and universities organize special events to educate students about Galician literature, fostering a deeper appreciation for their linguistic and cultural heritage.
Local communities also participate by organizing poetry recitals, theatrical performances, and music concerts.
Galician writers have produced remarkable literary works, ranging from poetry and novels to plays and essays, showcasing their immense talent and creativity. Día de las Letras Galegas serves as a platform to recognize their contributions to the language and culture, and it also ensures their work and effort is preserved for future generations.
Día de las Letras Galegas in 2023
The year 2023 is a very special one, since it marks the 60th anniversary of this celebration. Galician will take this as an opportunity to reflect upon the accomplishments of their literature over the past six decades.
The way the celebration itself develops has also changed. In the last 60 years, technology and social media platforms have grown to play a crucial role in our communication and culture. Thanks to that, Día das Letras Galegas will allow people from all over the world to participate virtually and engage in the celebrations.
This year Galicia honors Francisco Fernández del Riego. Together with Ramón Martínez López, Francisco Fernández del Riego was one of the promoters of the Día das Letras Galegas in the 60s. Don Paco, as he was known, was one of the main promoters of Galician literature and culture in the 20th century, founder of the Galaxia publishing house and prolific writer. His name also signs the Prezol Foundation, Grail magazine and multiple articles.
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The Día de las Letras Galegas is not just a day of celebration; it is a reivindication of the importance of preserving and promoting Galician literature, fostering a sense of pride and belonging among Galicians. It reminds us that literature has the power to connect us to our roots and shape our collective identity.
With this celebration, we ensure that Galician literature will continue to resonate with generations to come, keeping the flame of Galician literary heritage burning bright.