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Las Fallas

Imagine a city where when the clock strikes on March 19th, transforms into a living burning city. For a lot of people that would be hard to envision, but for the local residents of Valencia that means only one thing, the festivities of Las Fallas.

Cities throughout the world have local celebration and every year people tend to celebrate as if there was no tomorrow, they forget working relations, social status and well...just about everything.  But few city celebrations have the intensity and the far reaching energies as the one celebrated every March in Valencia, the festivities of Las Fallas.

Las Fallas is celebrated each year on the first Sunday of March and culminates with la “La Crema” on the 19th. The festivities of Las Fallas go back to a tradition centuries old, held by the carpenters of Valencia in order to rend tribute to its patron, Saint Joseph. It is said that in the Middle Ages the ceremony consisted in just lighting up the large amounts of wood effigies and that it would blaze into flames and could be seen from any part of the town; this of course is one of many theories as how it all started, for as with all long running celebrations there are different accounts the origins.

Today, Las Fallas, has become one of Spain’s most distinguished celebrations. Not only because it depicts giant figures burning all at the same time, but because it is a festival for everyone. Virtually everyone is welcome to this festival, from the young and the naive to the old and experienced. Another noted thing is that if well Las Fallas is a Valencian tradition it welcomes people from all nationalities, and that is one of the main reasons that it has attracted international attention in the past years.

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