Celebrate One of the World’s Biggest Festivals ‘LAS FALLAS’ – 15 to 19 March 2011
Friday 11, February 2011
It is at this time, every year, that visitors and locals alike will start to feel a buzz generating around The City of Valencia.
A familiar camaraderie and excitement during traditional preparations is the telling sign that one of the world’s most vibrant and exhilarating festivals is on its way. The festival is, of course, ‘Las Fallas’.
Las Fallas runs from 15 to 19 March in celebration of the start of spring and is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling, unique and breath-taking festivals that can be experienced. Over three million people flock to participate in what can only be described as a party of ‘live art’ in the street. Valencian melodies resonate from every corner while a display of beauty and French style appear in the form of damasks of traditional Valencian clothing. Locals and visitors enjoy parades, all night street parties, fireworks and bonfires as the spirit and hallmark of Spain’s most celebrated international traditions take place.
At the forefront of the festivities are the 400 or more awe-inspiring falleros – large and humorous caricatures of local and international figures depicting the hottest issues in politics, economics, national and international society. The festival is based around these endearing figures which can reach extravagant heights. From the day of their plantá (unveiling) you’ll find yourselves submerged in a full programme of activities, 24 hours a day for five days. Central to the festival, these effigies are paraded through the streets and subsequently burned on the last day, signifying the beginning of spring.
Visitors to this exciting parade musn’t miss out on key moments such as the mascletas - an explosion of firecrackers, the colorful and emotional flower offering to the Virgin Mary and the Castle of Fireworks which takes place every night by the old riverbed of the River Turia showcasing some of the best fireworks displays in the world.
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