Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

April 18, 2013 | in Events

This festival is held for more than five centuries now, but every year it is different. Only the ending, which is a burning of giant papier-mâché sculptures, remains unchanged.

The festival is dedicated to St. Joseph, who is the patron saint of carpenters. Hence the tradition of burning; the woodworkers were gathering over the year a huge amount of wood offcuts and sawdust, which were burned in a grandiose fire. Today, no one is burning wood; they create giant papier-mâché sculptures, which depict the famous people’s lives, movies, books and mythology, and burn them safely. Of course, this happens in the last day of the event. Before that, there are parades, bullfights, theatrical performances, and simply people walking around and having fun.

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain

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