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Fallas in Valencia

Las Fallas, Valencia

They say that the cities bonfires originated from wanting to burn everything old, branches of the fields and all the bad form the past year are burnt to start the spring strong, with new strength and good wished for the new harvest. 

They say that the cities bonfires originated from wanting to burn everything old, branches of the fields and all the bad form the past year are burnt to start the spring strong, with new strength and good wished for the new harvest.

Particularly in Valencia, they say the carpenters cleaned their workshops to have them lie new for the San Jose festivities and burned all rests in big bonfires, that with time, got decorated, resulting is the Valencia Fallas.    

Currently, carpenters are no longer just the architects of these structures, but real sculptors who create wonderful works of art of cardboard and cork with a unique imagination and satire, and with them depicting scenes of social events and politics that want to be censored and therefore want to be burnt to ashes.

Las Fallas, held from 15 to 19 March, although the "plantá" is the night of 15 to 16, many of them can be seen in the streets a week before in the assembly process, to put on the final touches the night of the 15th. They get to about 400 scenes, each with a children's version and some of the larger ones can measure up to 30 meters high.

The fallas are judged depending a budget sections, wit and grace, and the winning one will get a ninot, which will become part of the museum ninot, where you can enjoy the Valencia fallas throughout the year, but without the fire.

During the 18 days of the festival, from the last Sunday in February were the proclamation is celebrated until the 18th, every night at 12 stunning and colorful fireworks are set off, and last night ends with the famous "nit del foc" which is  the most spectacular and is a prelude of the next night for the "Crema".

Another event worthy of mentioning for its beauty is the Offering to the Virgin that takes place on 17th and 18th of March, where the falleros and falleras are dressed in their best costumes and parade through the city streets accompanied by their own band, to pay tribute to their patron saint, the Virgin of the Helpless. When they arrive in front of the Basilica, the falleras offer a bouquet of flowers that are properly placed on the mantle of the Virgin.

And we cannot forget the favorite moment of the Valencians, with the love they have for the fireworks and firecrackers, currently held every day at two in the afternoon is the "mascletá" in the town hall square, and this for the 19 last days of the celebration, an incredible show of noise, smoke, powder and rhythms that lasts for 6 or 7 minutes offered by the different pyrotechnics that makes the earth move under your feet.

On March 19 during the festivities of San José, is held the “Crema”, the ignition of the Valencia fallas, or torches which is the meaning of fallas in medieval Valencian, and it’s were you reach the saddest moment of the celebration, because all the work of one year is reduced to ashes meaning the end of the festivities.

There are no Valencia fallas without music, popular bands from each neighborhood enliven the party, and they are part of the cheerful and open nature of Valencian. Its numerous auditoriums and theaters are an example of this passion for the music, among which we must mention the Palau de la Música and the Palau brand of the Arts, home of the Orchestra of Valencia. For those who prefer outdoor concerts, they can be found in the Viveros Gardens Fallas concerts that for several days delight viewers with the latest national and international music.

As for food, paella and Valencia water (cava, orange juice, vodka and gin) are the kings of the party, and for dessert or as a snack you can get the typical chocolate pumpkin fritters.

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