Europe’s Loudest Festival, Las Fallas in Valencia : 15th – 19th March

Las Fallas in ValenciaLas Fallas in Valencia, a madly explosive carnival/fiesta combination that will blow your socks off is known for its lights, gunpowder, traditional costumes, fireworks or music, so visiting Las Fallas and Valencia in middle March is a great travel tip. Las Fallas takes place every year on the dates 15 – 19 March.

In the middle of the Mediterranean coast, Valencia city, celebrates each year the final days of the winter and the arrival of spring with spectacular fires and pyrotechnics.

The Falles is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration.

Displayed on every corner all over the city are colourful ninots, giant papier-mâché figures often 20 feet tall or even more that have been paraded through the streets and then placed in fantasy groups to tower over excited spectators. Each one in some way satirises a political figure, or a soap star, or more exotic creatures from the movies, TV, sports idols, or simply imagination. Some of them are grotesque – others playful and charming – all are larger than life and up for public scrutiny.

Every day at 2pm firecrackers rip through the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in an noisy event called la Mascleta. This concert of gunpowder is very popular and involves different neighbourhood groups competing for the most impressive volley, ending with the terremoto, as hundreds of masclets exploting simultaneously. While this may not be for the frail or faint-fainthearted, you understand how hearted, the Valencians got their valiant name.

The Las Fallas festival was added to UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity list on 30 November 2016.

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