For one month a year, the weirdly barren and flat concrete plaza in front of the City Hall is transformed into the nucleus of Valencia's most cherished obsession: the mascletá.
What better way to celebrate International Women's Day than by meeting the most important women of Fallas: the Fallera Mayor and her court? And we had the unforgettable honor of encountering them on the balcony of Valencia's city hall.
We do love the main days of Fallas, March 15th to 19th, but our favorite time are the weeks leading up to those days. There are so many things going on: parades, the Plantà, and tons of fireworks events which don't yet have huge crowds.
Yes, Fallas is a festival of fire and fireworks, but parades are equally important to the Falleras and Falleros of Valencia. At the beginning of Fallas, there are two important ones: the Cabalgata del Ninots and the Cant de l'Estoreta.
The Day of the Cridà has finally arrived! Every Valencian who is into Fallas has been waiting for this day the whole year. On the last Sunday of February, Fallas officially begins with a day packed with events to honor this special moment.
There are literally hundreds and hundreds of ninots to admire.
The Fallas 2023 fireworks program has been released, and it looks like we're in for a treat this year. March 4th is going to be very busy, with four big displays packed into a single day.
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.
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.