Fallas in Valencia 2020What are the Valencia Fallas and when are they held?
The Valencia Fallas is an annual festival celebrated in honour of San José, patron of the carpenters —a guild that was very widespread in the city in the past, just as the furniture industry is one of its economic driving forces today.
The Valencia Fallas are characterised as festivals linked to tradition, art, fire and satire, where gaiety and entertainment are a central feature from start to finish. They include the well-known "ninots", great artistic works in cardboard that rise in human forms to generate satirical or comic scenes —many of them are millions worth. After being exhibited in the streets for several days, these “ninots” are publicly burnt, thus bringing the festival to an end.
The Valencia Fallas festival is accompanied by many other elements that make it an unforgettable event. Music, fireworks, art, satire, religious (and not-so-religious) events, paellas in the street, etc. A thousand and one activities you mustn’t miss out.
This year the Valencia Fallas will be held from March 15th to 19th.
Origin of the Valencia Fallas.
The origin of the Valencia Fallas hails back to the celebration of the arrival of spring organised by the carpenters’ guild. Every year, on the night of March 19th the carpenters burnt the "parots" (pieces of wood) that they used to raise the lamps that illuminated them during the winter.
Over the years these "parots" stopped being burnt alone, with old furniture, cloths and ragged clothing they wanted to get rid of being added to every carpenter's bonfire. Thus, year after year, these bonfires came to acquire increasingly human forms, until finally, thanks to artistic reinterpretation, becoming the true works of satirical and critical art which have made the Valencia Fallas an unmissable event for tourists on an international level.
Why visit the Valencia Fallas?
Who wouldn’t want to enjoy five days of celebration, music, colour, fire, tradition and culture surrounded in the streets by art and satire?
The Valencia Fallas is an event marked on the calendar not only for all Valencians, but also for all the city’s neighbours (from nearby towns or cities), and for all national and foreign tourists who’ve had the chance to experience the festival in the past.
The Valencia Fallas have been recognised by UNESCO as a “Festival of International Tourist Interest”, including it in its "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity".
Thousands of tourists choose the Valencia Fallas as an event to enjoy on their holidays. And there is nothing more exciting than walking through the streets of Valencia, raising your head and seeing all the "ninots" one by one, enjoying its live satire, listening to traditional and modern music, the street performances, the mascletàs. Smelling the gunpowder, the freshly made paella and, finally, the smoke of the "cremà" or burning of the ninots etc. And thus are the Valencia Fallas experienced daily with the five senses. So who wouldn’t want to experience them?
Getting to know Valencia during the Fallas and the rest of the year.
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