Two red tongues of fire which,
laced up to the same trunk, bring closer,
and when kiss each other, an only flame they become.
(Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer)
Las Fallas are undoubtedly the most representative festival in Valencia and internationally recognized. Recently Unesco has declared them Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
During this unique festivities many and varied acts are held throughout the city, but there are some that are fixed, mainly those organized by the Central Fallera Board, although there are many also important that are carried out by the Fallas commissions themselves.
La Crida is celebrated on the last Sunday of February and is the event in which the “Fallera mayor” of Valencia, gathers at the city gates, the Serranos Towers, all Fallas commissions and makes a call, to the initiation of the festivities, to all Valencians and to all visitors.
Another important act is the Mascletá, which takes place in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento every day at 2:00 p.m., from March 1 to the 19th. It is one of the acts most valued by the Valencians.
The days 14 and 15 of March at night are the days of the plantà, the act of erecting the falleros monuments, better known by the generic name of fallas. On the 15th in the morning, the monuments of the children’s category are carried out and between 15 and the morning of the 16th the large monuments, always having to be planted at 08:00 in the morning of the 16th, when the will present the jury to qualify them.
During the Fallas there is also a religious event, such as the offering to the Virgen de los Desamparados, patron saint of the city of Valencia and the Valencian Community. The offering is made throughout the afternoon and beginning of the night of the 17th and 18th of March. Each fallera offers a bouquet of flowers with which a spectacular tapestry of flowers is made as a mantle that covers the body of the Virgin, whose wooden structure allows to interlace the branches to form impressive designs.
And finally the cremà is the closing act of the parties. It consists of the burning of the Fallas monuments planted in the streets of Valencia on March 19. The act is preceded by a castle of fireworks, lit by the Fallera Mayor and the President of the Commission. In the first place, around 10pm, the children’s monuments are burned and from 00.00 at night they burn the big monuments.