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Las Fallas Festival

March 15 - March 19

Las Fallas is a pyromaniac’s dream- a crazy five-day festival of blazing fires, fireworks, explosions, music and burning paper mache sculptures. Neighbourhood organizations spend the months leading up to the Festival handcrafting giant lifelike puppets called ‘ninots’, which are placed at key points throughout the city for the beginning of the festival. At exactly midnight on the final day, March 19th, the street lights are turned off and all but one of these bizarre sculptures are set alight and allowed to burn. The days during Las Fallas are filled with exploding firecrackers, and the highlight is the daily mascleta at 2pm- a rhythmic firework show that sounds like music.

Las Fallas Festival

The Falles (Spanish: Fallas) are celebrate for four days each March at the onset of spring.

Las Fallas is a pyromaniac’s dream- a crazy five-day festival of blazing fires, fireworks, explosions, music and burning paper mache sculptures. Neighbourhood organizations spend the months leading up to the Festival handcrafting giant lifelike puppets called ‘ninots’, which are placed at key points throughout the city for the beginning of the festival. At exactly midnight on the final day, March 19th, the street lights are turned off and all but one of these bizarre sculptures are set alight and allowed to burn. The days during Las Fallas are filled with exploding firecrackers, and the highlight is the daily mascleta at 2pm- a rhythmic firework show that sounds like music.

Like many holidays with pagan roots in the observance of the equinox or solstice, the Falles includes burning wooden effigies. But the Valencians don’t just burn things, they make an elaborate spectacle of carpentry and pyrotechnics of this affair. The first three days of the Falles transform the city of Valencia into an open-air art show, where over 600 giant and beautiful wooden sculptures are installed throughout the town as the backdrop for music, markets, and dance parties. On the final evening of the festival, they set fire to the sculptures in a blazing show. This is a Spanish festival with fireworks unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

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Start:
March 15
End:
March 19
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Every where in Valencia
Valencia, Spain