They got the fire, fire, fire and they’re gonna let it burn, burn, burn! At this southeastern city of Spain, people delight in setting fire to giant, hundred-dollar sculptures for the annual Las Fallas Festival.
It might sound crazy but the burning of sculptures called ‘fallas’ at Valencia’s Las Fallas (pronounced fai-yas) evolved from an 18th-century tradition in which Valencian carpenters would burn old and used materials to honor St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.
Every year, the Casal faller from each district or neighborhood spend months creating the story-high fallas out of materials like wood, papier-mache, styrofoam, and other flammable materials. These giant, elaborate fallas depict satirical themes revolving around current events, controversies, and news. On the first day of the festival, these fallas are placed all around the city during La Planta.
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🇵🇷 Principe Ali! Honor a ti! Ali Ababwa.🎶 – Película Aladino …………. Esta impresionante estructura es del Festival Las Fallas en Valencia! Por el mes de marzo las calles del centro de la ciudad se llenan de enormes estructuras que las construyen todo el año para exhibirlas y luego quemarlas en el cierre del evento. ———- ———- 🇺🇸 Prince Ali! Fabulous he! Ali Ababwa.🎶 -Aladdin movie. ………….. This amazing structure is from The Falles celebration in Valencia! In the month of March the streets of the city center are filled with these enormous structures. These are built all year round to exhibit them in the festival and burn them at the last day of the event. . . . #falles #lasfallas #elephant #elefante #valencia #spain #españa #festival #viaje #europa #conocerelmundo #iamtb #travel #traveling #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #photooftheday #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravel
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24-hour pit stop in Valencia. Thought we probably wouldn’t get any action from #lasfallas2018 since we were a week early, so imagine my surprise (and excitement!) catching these few colorful appearance sitting on the streets! • • • • • #goondoosinspain #spain #espana #visitspain #travelspain #valencia #lasfallas #festival #holiday #travel #travelogue #travelandlife #bestvacations #klooktravel #YourWifiSG #throwback #tbt #vsco #vscocam #igdaily
A day in the Las Fallas starts with being unceremoniously woken up at 8 o’clock in the morning with no chance of sleeping again as the marching bands bring out the brass and as the locals alight firecrackers on the streets as part of the city’s wake-up call called La Despertà. Don’t expect to get some extra sleep in the morning for the rest of the festival because La Despertà happens every day.
In the afternoon, the ear-shattering La Mascletá will have you and the city shookt as hundreds of firecrackers are set alight at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Unlike the fireworks festival at night, the La Mascletá focuses on the auditory experience. It’s best to bring a pair of earplugs to the event to prevent hearing loss since it can get really, REALLY loud.
While La Mascletá is all about sound, the fireworks display every night is all about the spectacular sight of the night sky lighting up with vibrant and beautiful colors. Each display is grander than the last and on the last day of the Fallas, it culminates with the Nit del Foc (Night of Fire). It is the grandest and most awaited fireworks display of all as more than 4,000 kilos of fireworks and firecrackers are lit up for all the city to see.
During the day, you can stroll around the city to watch the parades and processions all over the city. You’ll find women of all ages garbed in strikingly beautiful traditional dresses and adorned with antique, golden accessories. There is also the L’Ofrena de Flors, an event where people may offer flowers to the Virgin Mary (as Our Lady of the Forsaken).
On the last day, there is a grand parade called the Cavalcada de Foc (Fire Parade) where large floats, colorful costumes, and street performers march down from Colon to Porta de la Mar. Of course, it wouldn’t be a good fire parade without rockets, gunpowders, and firecrackers, right?
From March 15-19, the city turns into a giant street party for revelers. There are bullfights, parades, food stalls, contests, and beauty pageants everywhere! At night, you can head over the Ruzafa where you can experience a city (barrio, really) of lights as millions of LED lights are arranged into sparkling patterns.
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The Fallas is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain. The term Fallas refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencian Community have similar celebrations inspired by the original Fallas de València celebration. The Fallas festival was added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage of humanity list on 30 November 2016. It is held from 15th march till 19th march. #suspanish #lasfallas
As the end of the festival draws near, so does the beautiful demise of the fallas. The city dims its lights and the crowds await in anticipation for the culminating event–the La Crema. At the stroke of midnight, firecrackers are placed around, inside, and under the fallas and are set alight, causing the magnificent fallas to burn.
Las Fallas may be crazy and a pyromaniac’s dream come true, but this festival has been minted as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by UNESCO. And, it’s not just about burning stuff, setting of thousands of fireworks, and partying from dusk to dawn. For the people of Valencia, the festival is a celebration of new beginnings and a celebration of the coming of spring. So, what are you waiting for? Light up the month of March and feel the heat of the fire at Las Fallas de Valencia!