THE FALLAS OF VALENCIA:
The most amazing festival in Spain, maybe in Europe, words cannot describe what a massive event this is.
Every year Las Fallas festival takes place from 15th to the 19th of March attracting as many as 2 million visitors during the celebrations.
Originally they were dedicated to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, but noways they have evolved into a multifaceted celebration involving art, music, parades, fireworks, gastronomy and religious devotion.
The main attraction of the fiesta is the exhibition and final burning of Fallas, which are massive monuments made of cardboard, wood, paper-machè, cork, polyurethane and plaster . The Fallas are satirical and they depict current events and make fun of local and foreign celebrities. The beauty and wittiness of these works of art is unmatchedd a joy to admire.
Besides the burning of the Fallas, there are many other activities during the fiesta.
Everyday at 2 pm several ” Mascletas” (organised pyrotechnical explosions) are heard all over the city, the main one being held at Playa Ayuntamiento ( Town Hall Square).
And every night there is a firework display at the Turia Gardens , the most spectacular one taking place on the night of 18th to 19th which is called the Night of Fire – ‘La Nit de Foc’.
During the five days you can enjoy an extensive roster of bullfights, parades, paella contests and beauty pageants around the city.
The “Ofrenda de Flores” (Flower Offering) takes places in the afternoon of 17th and 18th March. Thousands of Falleros carrying flowers followed by brass bands parade through the streets of Valencia towards the Square of the Virgin where they will place those flowers on the surface of a massive 3D image of the Virgin.
Finally on the night of 19th March the “Crema” (the burning) will take place. The 800 monuments are set ablaze, the sky of Valencia becames surreal with hundreds of columns of smoke spiralling upwards and fireworks everywhere where you can look at.
In 2016 Fallas were declared Intangible World Heritage by Unesco and since then the already very famous festival has become one of foreign tourists´ favourite mass events to visit in Spain; The sooner you book and come, the better!