Fallas Festival in Spain


Satirical sculptures burn during the traditional Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, on March 19, 2014. Every year the city celebrates the ancient “Las Fallas” fiesta, a noisy week that is full of fireworks and processions in honor of Saint Joseph that ends on midnight of March 19, burning large satiric figures displayed around the streets of the city. (Photo by Alberto Saiz/Associated Press)


A statue of Moses “falla” waits the beginning of the “crema”, the moment in which more than three hundred “fallas” starts to burn, celebrating Saint Joseph’s night during Las Fallas Festival at Town Hall square in Valencia. (Photo by Manuel Bruque/EPA)


Ninots burn on the last night of the Fallas Festival in Valencia. Fallas are gigantic structures made of cardboard portraying current events and personalities in which individual figures or Ninots are placed. The Fallas are burnt in the streets of Valencia as a tribute to St Joseph, patron saint of the carpenters’ guild. (Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP Photo)


Some 800 “ninots” depicting politicians and other well-known public figures are burned by members of competing groups or “falleros”, who have spent the previous year creating and building them. (Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP Photo)


Every year the city of Valencia celebrates the ancient fiesta, a noisy week that is full of fireworks and processions in honor of Saint Joseph. (Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP Photo)


Some firemen wet the trees near a Moses statue “falla” of Town Hall square for the “crema”, the moment in which more than three hundred “fallas” starts to burn, celebrating Saint Joseph’s night during Las Fallas Festival at Town Hall square in Valencia. (Photo by Manuel Bruque/EPA)


Each neighbourhood of the city has an organized group of people, the Casal faller, that works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners, usually featuring the famous dish, paella, a specialty of the region. Each casal faller produces a construction known as a falla which is eventually burnt. A casal faller is also known as a comissió fallera. (Photo by Alberto Saiz/Associated Press)


Although the Falles is a very traditional event and many participants dress in medieval clothing, in recent years the ninots included such modern characters as Shrek, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. (Photo by Jose Jordan/AFP Photo)


Satirical sculptures burn during the traditional Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (Photo by Alberto Saiz/Associated Press)

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