National Day of Galicia

25 Jul 2019  Thu

National Day of Galicia is when the autonomous community of Galicia in Spain celebrates its national holiday.

It falls on 25 July every year. It is also Day of the Galician Fatherland or Galicia Day, but the official full denomination is the "National Day of Galicia", as established by the Galician government in 1979. Galicia is an autonomous community of Spain, located in the northwest Iberian Peninsula which is at the north-western tip of the country.

The origins of the celebration can be traced back to 1919 when the Assembly of the Galicianist organization Irmandades da Fala met in the Galician capital, Santiago de Compostela. It was then decided to celebrate the National Day on 25 July the following year. The date was chosen as it is the day dedicated to Saint James, patron saint of both Galicia and the Galician capital city.

Being a part of Spain, the Spanish post issued a commemorative stamp on 28th April 1981 under the theme of Autonomous Communities and flags. The stamp depicts flag in the center with the background of sea and inscribed with Galician anthem (based on the poem 'Os Pinos'by Edouardo Pondal).

The coat of arms is seen at the bottom of the map. This 12 Spanish peseta stamp is inscribed with the “Autonomous Communities of Galicia” at the top along with the name of the country and the denomination value is seen at the bottom.

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