The Fallas of Valencia

A unique celebration in Valencia

The Fallas of Valencia are a traditional celebration taking place every year on March 19th to commemorate the San Jose festivity. During the months previous to the festival groups of people from every neighbourhood of the city of Valencia (called casal faller) create a unique monument (known as falla) for this celebration.

Traditionally the fallas are constructions which are critical with politicians and other famous persons from Spain and all over the world. The persons represented are also known as ninots (puppets) and form part of the monument constructed by the builders of the Falla (falleros). Information about the different constructions and their creators can normally be found on a display in front of the Falla.

Firecrackers are an important part of the festivity and all day long explosions can be heard and children throwing firecrackers can be seen.

During the Fallas brass bands and falleros dressed up in their traditional costumes march through the streets of Valencia every morning throwing firecrackers along the way. This is called 'la despertà' by the people of Valencia.

The ‘mascletà’ is another important event of the Fallas of Valencia. During the mascletà pyrotechncians from Valencia and all over Spain display their best fireworks and compete between each other. The best pyrotechncians will have the honor to provide the final and main event.

The mascletà is a unique event. It is very popular amongst the people from Valencia and is not only held during the fallas, but can also take place to celebrate a wedding or an anniversary.

The climax of the whole event, la cremà, takes places at midnight on March 19th, the festivity of San Jose when the falla monuments are burnt on bonfires. The constructions are filled with firecrackers which is normally lit shortly before the falla is set on fire.

During the days the Fallas take place Valencia is one big party and the sound of firecrackers can be heard all over the city.

During the five days of the Fallas festival thousands of people come to Valencia and most hotels are fully booked for this period months in ahead. Make sure to arrange your stay in Valencia well on time if you want to participate in this unique festivity.

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