Las Fallas which literally means 'the fires' is one of the most unusual festivals of Spain celebrated every year between 15th-19th March in Valencia, when the city is set on fire! Originally celebrated to mark Saint Joseph's (the guardian saint of carpenters) Day, has now become a large scale festivity where the city swells up to thrice its population. In the ancient times, the carpenters used to burn their wooden planks on which they hung their lanterns in order to mark the onset of spring. Today Las Fallas has evolved into burning Ninots (life-like effigies made of paper mache and plaster) of corrupt political figures and other satirical scenes.
From 14th March people start putting up the structures (ninots) which takes almost a year's labor to construct
19th March is the day called La Crema when these effigies are burnt at 12 midnight and is worth witnessing along with the fireworks that follow.
We got down to Valencia on 19th Afternoon and hit the busy center by 9 pm where the ninots where placed! The center if full with people having beers on the streets chatting and enjoying the vibes of the city. Enjoy some local delicacies offered on stalls and reserve your spot in front of the biggest Ninot by 11 pm.
• The city is overcrowded, so be careful with your belongings
• Get out on the streets to enjoy the festive vibes and admire the ninots before they are set aflame.
Other Interesting Facts
• The best and the prettiest Ninot wins the award every year and is displayed in the Fallero Museum and is hence saved from burning
• Mascleta - From 1st-19th March at 2pm daily at Plaza de Ayuntamiento takes place the Mascleta which is a display of colorful gunpowder fireworks