Las Fallas is the most important festival in Valencia City Spain, which celebrates each year from 15th to the 19th of March 2023. In 2016, the Fallas festival became a part of UNESCO’s cultural heritage of humanity list.This celebration attracts many visitors from all over the world to discover different activities hold in that festival like the carnival of bonfires, fireworks, delicious food and to see the big puppets or the Ninots.
History of Las Falls festival:
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Fallas is a holiday blessed by Spainish citizens and is used as an opportunity to honor Saint Joseph. The story began in the middle ages when Saint Joseph worked as a woodworker. The workers used to burn the planks of wood named Parrots in the winter to support the candles when they were working.
Moreover, the workers burned pieces of wood to celebrate the arrival of spring on 19th March. besides, this bonfire they gradually began to add old belongings and rags, which gave the wooden structure a human-looking aspect, until they became the Ninots that we see today.
Las Fallas competition:
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Every year, each neighborhood tried to build a Falla or Ninot before the festival begins. These Ninots must present on 16th March in the street and for being burned on the 19th at night during La Cremà.
The neighborhood must make a Falla for children and for adults. In addition, There is a jury of the competition will fall 14 Fallas into the Special Edition category. Also, On the 19th, some of Ninots are more than 15 meters wide all of them will be burned – except one. But the Ninots for children will start burning at 10 pm, while the adult’s Ninot at midnight that moment called La Cremà or the burning.
las Fallas costumes:
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During Las Fallas festival Valencians dress their best clothes and engage in a parade. Besides, You will see plenty of Falleras, women of all ages, wearing colorful, full-skirted silk dresses and complicated plaited hairstyles held together with vantage gold pins. Many of these costumes are family inheritances and even double as wedding dresses.
The men or Falleros, meanwhile, wander about dressed exceptionally like pirates in brightly colored silk waistcoats and bandanas, usually carrying a flask of something potent.
The las Fallas festival program:
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The big puppets exhibited in the streets on 14th March until the day of Saint Joseph on 19th March this called Planta. If you look around the city, you will see all the big monuments or Ninots which attracts thousands of visitors and residents of the city over the streets. In addition, each colorful Ninots have different figures as star faces, glamorous creatures from movies, TV and sports idols.
While you are visiting Valencia for Las Fallas you will be interested more about what’s going on between 15th and 19th March, so let’s begin with:
1- Mascletas from 1st to 19th:
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A Mascletà is basically a crazy amount of firecrackers being set off, creating a smokey, noisy and colorful spectacle. And many people are preparing to travel far to watch, these Mascletà, which begin each day at 2 PM during the festival at the town hall square the Plaza del Ayuntamiento
What makes a Mascletà more than just a succession of explosions is the strong rhythm that is created. It is important that the force of the explosions gradually increase, before coming to a dramatic conclusion.
It’s a distinctive Valencian thing and definitely something you have to experience at least once in your life if you come to Valencia for Las Fallas.
2- The Plantà, 15th March:
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The night of the 15th March is the important night because all the sculptures that are set up in Valencia must be fully finished by the morning of 16th. Besides, this night the judges award the best ones and choose the Ninot that to be saved from the burning.
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The Castillos are magnificent fireworks display that takes place from 15th to 18th March at night. however, the special night is at 18th and called night of fire (Nit de Foc) which marks the start of the last day of las falla. Moreover, this night is very special where the biggest firework show during Las Fallas.
4- Ofrenda de Flores (Flower Offering) 17th and 18th March:
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For this event supposedly over 100,000 Falleros and Falleras from different Fallas make a parade, in traditional costumes and accompanied by marching bands. Also coming from their separate neighborhoods to the Plaza de la Virgin in purpose to offer flowers to Our Lady of the Forsaken, the Patron Saint of Valencia.
The flower contribution takes place on both the 17th and 18th of March, starting around 4 PM and lasting until long after nightfall. The huge number of flowers are used to design a 15 meter-high tapestry on the façade of the Basilica and to form an imposing statue of the Lady of the Forsaken, which is placed on the square specifically for this event.
5- Cabalgata del Fuego:
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The Cabalgata de Fuego or Fire Parade takes place on March 19th in Calle Colon and begins at 7 pm. This Fire Parade is mainly a carnival parade with lots of fire and fireworks. So, pay attention for yourself but try to not miss this impressive festival.
6- La Crema, 19th march:
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La Crema is the major event of the Las Fallas celebration. It’s when a year’s work goes up in smoke. Besides, first burning is the children’s fallas (fallas infantiles) at 10 PM. At midnight the burning of the principal Fallas starts. The first prize goes to the winner in smoke and then the last one to burn is the Falla at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 1 AM. This is followed by a small show of magnificent fireworks marking the end of the festival.
Las Fallas food:
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The most popular dish in Las Fallas festival is paella with chicken and rabbit, the second, is Arroz a band which is a famous dish with saffron rice, pieces of squid, prawns and fish is very delicious. The last dish is Buñuelos served with chocolate.
Las Fallas Museum:
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Las Fallas Museum based in an old leper hospital and was later used as a prison. Las Fallas Museum is the most impressive museum in Valencia where you can find the big Ninots or the puppets that have won the challenge and saved from a fiery death by a popular vote, it also has posters and photographs of the Fallas.
Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. The essential reason to be at the Las Fallas Festival is to discover the extraordinary burning of the Fallas sculptures and to enjoy the delicious street food.