Valencia Fallas is a popular festival celebrated in the city of Valencia, Spain, every year from March 15 to March 19. It is a festival that dates back to the Middle Ages and has since evolved into a grand celebration of art, culture, and tradition.
The festival is centered around the creation and burning of huge sculptures made of wood, papier-mâché, and other materials, called “fallas.” These fallas are erected all over the city and often depict satirical scenes or political commentary. The fallas are paraded through the streets on the evening of March 19th, followed by a grand finale where they are set on fire, symbolizing the end of the festival.
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In addition to the fallas, the festival features fireworks displays, traditional music and dance performances, bullfights, and a variety of other cultural events. It is a time for locals and tourists alike to come together to celebrate the unique culture of Valencia and to enjoy the festive atmosphere that permeates the city during this time.
The Valencia Fallas is recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and it is considered one of the most important cultural events in Spain. If you have the opportunity to attend the Valencia Fallas, it is an experience you won’t soon forget.
There are about 750 of these neighbourhood associations in Valencia, with over 200,000 members, or a quarter of the city’s population.
The five days and nights of Falles might be described as a continuous street party. There are a multitude of processions: historical, religious, and comedic. Crowds in the restaurants spill out into the streets. Explosions can be heard all day long and sporadically through the night.
Each day of Falles begins at 8:00 am with La Despertà (“the wake-up call”). Brass bands appear from the casals and begin to march down every street playing lively music.
Cavalcada del Foc. On the final evening of Falles, at 7:00 pm on 19 March, a parade known in Valencian as the Cavalcada del Foc (the Fire Parade) takes place along Colon street and Porta de la Mar square (map). This spectacular celebration of fire, the symbol of the fiesta’s spirit, is the grand finale of Falles and a colourful, noisy event featuring exhibitions of the varied rites and displays from around the world which use fire.
La Cremà. On the final night of Falles, around midnight on 19 March, these falles are burnt as huge bonfires. This is known as La Cremà (the Burning), the climax of the whole event, and the reason why the constructions are called falles (“torches”).