The Fallas

Fallas of Valencia

The Fallas of Valencia: Festival declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity
From the 15th to the 19th of March

Every March Valencia gets ready to welcome the spring. The streets fill up with joy and the hustle and bustle of the Fallas festival, the upmost expression of the merger of tradition, satire, art and sentimentality for one's homeland. The Valencian people live their most international fiesta to the maximum and their kind and natural character invites you to visit the city and join in this fiesta, where everything that is bad is burnt and reborn from the ashes to welcome a new season.

 

 

Origin of the Fallas.

Just before spring, in the city streets, the guilds stopped working at night and burned in front of each workshop the rustic parot (a wooden device used for lighting). To feed the fire, these artisans accumulated old strips and chips of wood together with old junk collected from the neighbourhood. Afterwards, the parot would be brought to life with rags giving it a human form, with an old hat as the head, and so the Ninot figure was born.

These figures, protagonists of any skit in the neighbourhood, the city, the country and the world were then placed on a pedestal so they could be seen in the distance. Another fundamental aspect that helps understand the meaning of the Fallas is the ”Llibret”, which contains in rhyme “la relació i explicació de la Falla” (the relationship and explanation of the Falla). With all of this combined we have the real Valencian falla.

 

Festivities Program

The festivities program for the Fallas Week originates from the heart of the Fallas process. An example of it is the “ninot indultat” (pardoned ninot), a tradition that was asked for by the people. This lead to an exhibition of the best figures, one per Falla, with the general public as the jury, and these were saved from being burnt. All the pardoned ninots are exhibited in the Fallas Museum.

INFORMATION OF INTEREST: 

FALLERA WEEK 
From 15 to 19 March

 

MASCLETÀS (firecracker barrages):

From 1 to 19 March
14:00 daily at Plaza del Ayuntamiento

 

FIREWORK DISPLAYS: From 15 to 18 March. Nightly in the Turia Gardens (Alameda)

 

FLOWER OFFERING: 1 and 18 March. Plaza de la Virgen.

 

THE CREMÀ (burning): 19 March
Childrens’ Fallas: 22:00
Main Fallas: 00:00
 

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