The essence of Las Fallas
Las Fallas basically starts on the 1st of March with the first mascleta, a magnificent aprox 10 minutes explosive display of coordinated firecrackers and fireworks. Mascletas are held at 2pm in every neighborhood and repeated daily throughout the festival period, every day a different tune being played.
The most important of mascletas is the one in front of the Town Hall where the crowds gather hours in advance to get a privileged spot for the noisy show and where the pyrotechnicians compete for the honor of setting the biggest mascleta of them all on the last day of Las Fallas, the 19th of March.
|Sacks of gunpowder ready to explode in front of the Town Hall /td>|
But the most emblematic Las Fallas food are the pumpkin buñuelos and the chocolate dipped churros. Basically food stands sprout like mushrooms at every street corner and days become a roller-coaster of fried dough. Medieval markets are also organized on the streets leading to the biggest fallas and here you can find other delicious regional goodies, like cheese, ham ans sweets.
|Buñuelos and churros|
Every falla is made out of ninots (meaning puppets or dolls) and all are going to be burned except two (one from a kid’s falla and one from a big falla) that are saved and displayed in the Fallero Museum from Valencia, next to the City of Arts and Sciences.
|“The Kiss Between Earth And Sea” a 27 meters falla from 2010|
To make sense of what I said before about burning the work of a hole year… “The Kiss Between Earth And Sea” was 27 meters high, and was an impressive falla from 2010. It actually got the 2nd prize. It also cost about 600.000EUR.
But the most expensive falla ever, that actually got in the Guinness Book, cost about 900.000EUR and was the winner of 2009. So yeah, you can say these are money thrown out the window or more specifically, burned. Not everybody has the value to do that, I have to admit.
|Virgin Mary statue made out of flowers|
|Street participating in a street lights contest|
La Crema – burning the fallas
|Falla burning down to ashes – hot, hot, hot, only the firemen could get close to it|