A traditional holiday celebration that still continues today. The celebration itself is 2 weeks long, but the main events occur on March. 15-18. There are many ideas on how Las Fallas came to be. One is that originating around the middle ages, the people had used the remaining wood from the winter to burn and welcome the spring season. As to burning does come to play a big role in the Fallas tradition today.
La Crida marks the official opening of the Fallas Festival. Crowds and all the committees are gathered under the Serranos Towers, and after music and fireworks the elected "Fallera Mayor de Valencia" and her court of honor makes an appearance.
With over 700 Fallas displayed all over the city of Valencia in all sorts of sizes and colors. (Fallas Infantiles are the smaller sculptures for children). Every sculpture is created in broad- meaningful theme, usually mocking a trend of life.
Between March 19 and 20, these Fallas are burned to the ground. Interesting how they would burn all the hard work and money put into these sculptures right?
Along the beaches, bonfires like these are vibrantly lit. A tradition the "Falleros" or "Falleras" throw anything harmful or has bad luck into the bonfire to mark a new start. Many daringly even run and jump over these blazing fires.
There are in fact many parades around the Fallas season with ninots on the floats. Cabalgata del Ninot is one the very many.
On 17th and 18th of March, is a big ceremony: La Ofrenda de Flores. It is the offering of flowers to Our Lady of the Forsaken taken place in the Plaza de la Virgen. Huge groups of people dressed in traditional costumes with folk Spanish music played carry many flowers to set there.
One of the things that amaze me the most are the streetlight displays during this festival. Everywhere you go you'll see these beautiful displays.