went to the fallas when I was studying in Madrid in 1996-97
and have been meaning to get back ever since.
This is without a
doubt one of the most spectacular festivals in all of Spain. Las
Fallas are celebrated in the autonomous region
of Valencia in mid
March. It is a festival that
came about form the practice of carpenters who, at the end of the
work day, used to put
al of the scrap wood out on the street and burn it
to get rid of the excess material. Who would have thought that it
would come to this.
Today, "Falleros" (those who create these magestic works
of art) spend almost an entire year planning, designing and sculpting
statues and they can range from very small to over 24 meters
(aprox. 72 feet) in height such as the one that
I have brought
to you on this page. The Fallas are all burned at midnight on the
last night of the festival and this act is considered a purification and the
birth of the next years Celebration. The Valencians believe that a
Falla is bron to be burned and only the Falla judged best of the
year is spared from the flames. The theme for the sculpture is up
to the artists and the Falla here was didicated to the inventions
of the 20th century (motor vehicles, telephone, computer, etc).
Although you can find
Fallas in just about any city or town in Valencia, the
most impressive ones
are in the capital ciity of "Valencia". The following
are small images taken from the Slide Show that I have
created for you from the live broadcast by Televisión Española on
"NIT DE LA CREMA". If
you like what you see, launch my Slide Show by clicking
on any of the images, this will start the show but
you will need Real Player™"
to view it. The Falla burnt here
is located in the Plaza of the City Hall and is always the last to go up in
The official website on "Las Fallas"
is at www.fallas.com
, they have a live webcam on the main Falla in the Town Hall