The Fallas are a candidate for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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Satire, irony and humour team up to make us laugh for a few days about the economy, society and world politics. Oversized puppets dressed in ridiculous clothes or immersed in far-fetched situations tell us hilarious stories and take up streets and squares acting as a giant comic strip in "falla” form, that is, containing colourful figures standing over 20 metres tall and 60 metres wide. Exiting, isn't it?
It's one of those experiences that just has to be lived to tell the story; in five days we build over 400 fallas monuments, fire off 19 "mascletaes” or official firecracker barrages and others originating from the Fallas commissions, we see 100,000 falleros or fallas enthusiasts parade in the Flower Offering to the Virgen de los Desamparados (Our Lady of the Foresaken), hold over 200 open-air dances or verbenas, burn tonnes of gunpowder in the fireworks castles and reduce the more than 400 Fallas monuments to ashes, after we've laughed at their critique of the social, political and economic situation.
The condition of the ephemeral has allowed us to repeat and reinvent this great festival each year for over two centuries where creativity, happiness, laughter and revelry are the stars.
In order for this festival to endure and conserve its authenticity, we need your collaboration so that UNESCO includes it as Intangible Cultural Heritage.