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Denia Fallas
March 23
12:25 2010

Well Valencia is into its crazy season again with fireworks going off all over the place. Of course it is all in aid of the Fallas fiestas. These will continue through till 19th when the paper-mache effigies will be burned past midnight.

The fiestas are a celebration of San Jose the patron of Valencia and all Fathers.

Valencia city has the biggest Celebration of fallas in Spain with over 350 Fallas (Effigies) and mascaletas that shake the ground. If you can find the time to get to Valencia I suggest you take the train from Xeraco as the centre of the city is cordoned off and difficult to park in at normal times.

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The main fiesta days are 17th, 18th and 19th when the prizes for best Fallas are given out in the morning. At 2pm each day it is the turn of the mascaletas- continuous firecrackers which crescendo to a ear splitting bang, and with so much smoke that it is difficult to see anything! The “offrende de flores” where falleras carry bunches (Ramas) of flowers to the Basilica where a giant wooden framework of the Madonna is threaded with the flowers to make a beautiful cloak – a fantastic sight. As with all fiestas the firework displays are an integral part and are usually in the early hours. The whole fiesta comes to a climax on Friday night when all the effigies are burnt!

I have listed a timetable of Valencia fallas for those who can get there.

If not closer to home is Denia who put on just as magnificent display with 9-10 fallas in a more accessible area.

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1 Comment

  1. tina
    tina December 03, 11:35

    Kids always loved going to the Denia fallas

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