When UNESCO recognized Fallas as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity back in 2016, it was a huge deal for the city, as well as for the entire Community of Valencia.
When Ricasa announces the shooting of a Vertical Mascletà, you drop everything and go. At least, that's what you do if you're like us. When we heard they'd be putting on one of these insane displays in Benidorm, we immediately booked a bus ticket.
Valencia is definitely not lacking for firework events -- in fact, they seem to happen every single day in this city. That might not be technically true, but it sure feels like it! We had the chance to see three separate firework shows just for a single holiday: the Nou D'Octubre.
This summer we didn't just stick to the city of Valencia, but also ventured into nearby towns to attend some promising fireworks displays. During the summer months, seemingly every village in Valencia celebrates some sort of event, in which fireworks are the main protagonist.
Surprise Correfoc - Imagine you've just arrived in Valencia for the first time. It was a long train ride, and it's late at night. As you leave the train station, you walk straight into a Correfoc.
The festivities for el Carmen and Magdalena last for over two weeks, and the schedule is packed with religious processions, cultural events, concerts, food, partying, and of course FIREWORKS! We arrived on June 14th, midway through the festival
On the calendar, we had the Buck Creek Boom Fireworks in Springfield, set off on July 3rd. And then, for the 4th, we were invited to a friend's dairy farm, where we'd be able to shoot off our own fireworks, and watch the show put on by the nearby town of West Mansfield.
During our time living in Valencia, we've seen many insane mascletàs, but Ricasa's vertical mascletà set up for Benissa's annual Puríssima Xiqueta festival was a different level.
With this post, we're going to wrap up Fallas 2022. After a couple misfires (2020's truncated festival due to Covid-19, and 2021's mini-version in the autumn), the city had been primed for a glorious celebration in 2022. But it wasn't to be. The worst rains in the history of Fallas plagued the city, along with heavy winds and cold temperatures.
March 19th is traditionally the last day of Fallas. The festival has been building momentum for weeks, and you could describe the 19th as its climax. After the final 2pm mascletà at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, many Fallas commissions shoot off their own street mascletàs, causing the entire city to vibrate, with all the fireworks going off all over the place.