This very old traditional celebration of the commemoration of Saint Joseph is being held every year in March in Valencia (Spain). Big sculptures (fallas) and smaller ones (niñots) are displayed through the whole city. At this festival you'll eat paella Valenciana, patatas bravas and lots of tapas. There are a lot of things to see and to do, and there are fireworks!
Every day at precisely 2pm on Plaça de l'Ajuntament (City Hall Square), a mascletà is being held. For 5 minutes the ground is shaking, your trousers are vibrating and your eardrums are ringing. The atmosphere is amazing!
On the nights of the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th of March, there is a spectacular big firework show called "Els Castells" at the riverbank park (nearby metro station Alameda). The last night is called "La Nit del Foc" (the Night of Fire).
Each day at 8am there is a parade called La Despertà (the wake-up call) with brass bands and lots of firecrackers. These fireworks should be thrown to the ground to make it explode.
In the neighbourhood of Russafa every evening at 8pm and 9pm, 40,000 light bulbs are synchronized dancing on music.
On the 19th of March the "Cabalgata del Fuego" is being held. All the fallas and niñots (big and small sculptures) are set on fire. Just one niñot per year is being saved. This niñot will be kept safe inside a museum.
The biggest falla sculpture is the last one to set on fire, on Plaça de l'Ajuntament (City Hall Square). Local people will sing the anthem of Valencia, while some are dancing and others are crying. When the flames are reaching ±20 meters high, you can feel the warmth of the flames and the people. This, La Cremà, is something what you'll never forget if you talk about this festival.
If you want to know more about this festival, watch the video here below. It explains the festival more in detail, the history and why you should come too next year!