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The Spanish language school Costa de Valencia invites you to discover the Fallas of Valencia

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Costa de Valencia Fallas

Every year, in March, the city of Valencia transforms into one of the greatest spectacles in the world: the festivity of Fallas, and the Spanish language school Costa de Valencia enjoys every year this majestic festivity with its students.

Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016, Fallas is the largest celebration in Valencia, a perfect blend of tradition, art, and devotion.

The Fallas are the result of a whole year's work: both professionals and falleros -people who are part of a cultural commission or association dedicated to this festival-, work all year long to prepare the fallas, gigantic monuments made of wood and papier-mâché that are built in the streets of the whole city. The Spanish language school Costa de Valencia organizes different activities in different days to make its students discover and enjoy all this variety of events and experiences.

From the 1st of March, every day at 2pm, the Valencians gather in the Town Hall Square to enjoy the mascletà. The first ninots, the figures that make up each falla monument, are installed in the streets until the 14th and 15th, when the magnificent monuments are completed - around 700 in total, including both adult’ s and children’ s, spread throughout the city - in the traditional plantà. Prizes are awarded to the best monuments, the most satirical ones, the hardest working commissions, the best lighting, the best ninot... The falleros, dressed in regional costumes, go in procession to the Town Hall Square to collect their awards and later celebrate the triumphs in their casal, the meeting point and gathering place of each commission.

The 17th and 18th are the most emotional days of the Fallas week, with the Offering of Flowers to the Virgen de los Desamparados, the patron Mother of Valencia; the moment when the falleros, and especially the falleras, go to Virgin’s Square to offer their Maredeueta bunches of carnations, with which the dressers make its original and striking mantle. After this, the great day arrives, the 19th of March, the day of Saint Joseph, in whose honor masses are celebrated throughout the city, to continue with lunches, parades, and recreational and festive events of all kinds with which the festival goes to its end. At midnight, the cremà (burning) of the fallas monuments marks the end of the festival, and the starting point of the next exercise. An act of purification in which, from the ashes of the past, a new year is reborn.

With lights in every street, churros and buñuelos (doughnuts) stands, music bands that accompany the falleros in the parades, fireworks and night parties all around, the aroma of flowers and gunpowder... walking around the city of Valencia becomes an excellent experience for the senses, difficult to match and impossible to forget.

Come and experience the magic of Valencia in Fallas with our Spanish language school Costa de Valencia!

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