Fallas is celebrated in Valencia city and across the Valencia region from the 1st March to the 19th March every year.
It’s wonderful, noisy, colourful and unmissable!
Every village will have its own (or multiple) Fallas celebration. Our own local village of Puçol, or Puzol, has two or three active Casal Falleras – who will each arrange a statute to be built in a nearly by square from the 1st March onwards and then burnt on the night of the 19th March.
Often these statues are garish in colour and cartoon-like in style – and range in topic from depicting current political debates to classic images reborn. As you can see with this recent photograph, the buxomous beauty appears to be holding a severed head whilst a unicorn leaps from her crown. And what does it mean, well…
The festivities begin on the 1st of March – often a day when it feels as if the Spanish spring beings – with the Mascleta in Valencia’s Plaza Ayuntamiento.
What’s the Mascleta? Well, you have to hear it to really appreciate it! In fact, it is a huge mid-day firework display optimised for noise (firecrackers) rather than colour.
Standing around the square is almost too close and many people will watch from a side street where the sound is slightly muted by still rebounds off the sides of buildings. Wherever you stand, you should keep your mouth open to allow the pressure of the noise and vibration to pass through you more easily. Yes, it is so loud that you can ‘feel’ the sound.
The mascleta continues everyday until the 19th March. However, as we get closer to La Crema – or the day or burning on the 19th, then other events begin too. From the 15th March nightly (at midnight) Firework displays begin in Valencia City as well as large towns across the region.
In the following days, you can see more and more local people wearing traditional costumes and taking part in marching bands and La Ofrenda – where the dresses Falleras will walk through the centre of Valencia with red flowers which are used to build a floral statue of the Virgin Mary in La Plaza de la Virgin.
In our local village, we begin to see the Falleras marching to bands and carry flowers to local churches too.
For the City of Valencia programme – please click here http://www.fallasvalencia.es/programa-fallas/. If you are in a nearby village or in Puzol, then head into a local bar and ask. The local people will be delighted to tell you what is happening, where and how best to see it.
Lastly, hopefully, you want notice this staying in our beautiful Spanish Villa, but the local towns are woken up by small boys given the job of throwing firecrackers in the street to make sure everyone gets out of bed early. Yes, stay up past 2am and then get woken by fire crakers. It’s all part of the incredible tradition of Fallas.