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Las Fallas de Valencia 2024, Spain

1 March - 19 March


March will see Las Fallas de València return to the third Spanish city in a traditional ceremony that marks the beginning of spring.

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March will see Las Fallas de Valencia return to the third Spanish city in a traditional ceremony that marks the beginning of spring.

What is Las Fallas de Valencia?

The origins of the festival Las Fallas stem from the tradition of carpenters who celebrated the coming of spring by burning the wood (parots) that used to support the lights that they had used during the winter months.

Las Fallas

Eventually old rags and clothes were added to the bonfire and these took on a human form, which eventually transformed into the ninots of today’s celebration.

Now works of art are constructed as part of the celebrations, which have taken on a contemporary as well as traditional theme with music, religious ceremonies and naturally Valencia’s most famous dish – paella.

The festival honours San José and features vast papier-mâché sculptures that will be burnt during the Nit de la Cremá.

The Origin of Las Fallas Valencia

The festivities honouring San José, the patron saint of carpenters, were held on March 19 in Valencia several hundred years ago. At that time, the city’s carpenters would burn the ashes of ancient bones found in their workshops on that day. This signalled the end of winter and extended a kind greeting to the arrival of spring.

Despite the fact that the event has evolved over the years, Las Fallas festival has remained true to its roots and preserved its customs. On the 15th of every March, enormous sculptures, which may be anything from big satirical pieces to little portrayals of ordinary situations, are torched in large bonfires. These sculptures can be of any size. These genuine works of art, which have been crafted by the Fallas artists’ guild, are typically accompanied by musicians, pyrotechnics, costumes, and flowers when they are being set ablaze.

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Programme of Las Fallas 2024

A full programme of events can be found here.

The Macrodespertà and first Mascletà will take place of 25 February, with a series of Mascletà from 1 to 19 March. The Ninot Parade will be on 2 March. The Awards Ceremony is on 17 March, with the final night of fireworks on the night of 18 March. A parade concludes Las Fallas on 19 March.

If you are visiting between 16 and 19 March, the Special Fallas Federation has tickets to the fenced off area around the Fallas for €15 for adults (€12 children). You can purchase tickets here.

When Is Las Fallas 2024?

Traditionally it is held in March to mark the arrival of spring.

Las Fallas de València

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