The Falles is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in ValenciaSpain. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during the celebration.

Each neighborhood 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 specialty paella. Each casal faller produces a huge statue known as a fall based on satirical jab theme. These elaborate constructions of paper and wax, wood and styrofoam tableaux towering up to five stories, composed of fanciful figures in outrageous poses arranged in gravity-defying architecture are eventually burnt and blown sky-high.

 

 

I| The Preparation

Craftsmen on a crane add finishing touches to a figure during the last preparations ahead of the ‘Fallas’ festival in Valencia March 14, 2008. The festival welcomes Spring and honours Saint Joseph’s Day with the burning of giant elaborated sculptures and effigies of wood and plastic

 

A craftsman puts finishing touches on a figure sitting on a representation of an Apple computer ahead of the “Fallas” festival in Valencia March 15, 2012. The festival welcomes spring and honours Saint Joseph’s Day with the burning of giant elaborate sculptures and effigies of wood and plastic in the early hours of March 20, 2012.

 

Craftsmen puts finishing touches on a giant figure ahead of the “Fallas” festival in Valencia March 15, 2012. The festival welcomes spring and honours Saint Joseph’s Day with the burning of giant elaborate sculptures and effigies of wood and plastic in the early hours of March 20, 2012.

 

A craftsman puts the finishing touches on a giant figure ahead of the “Fallas” festival in Valencia March 15, 2012. The festival welcomes spring and honours Saint Joseph’s Day with the burning of giant elaborate sculptures and effigies of wood and plastic in the early hours of March 20, 2012.

 

A craftsman adds finishing touches to a figure during the last preparations ahead of the “Fallas” festival in Valencia March 14, 2009. The festival welcomes spring and honours Saint Joseph’s Day with the burning of giant elaborate sculptures and effigies of wood and plastic

 

A man puts the finishing touches to a falla, March 16, 2005, as the city of Valencia celebrates its annual ‘Fallas’ festival. The festival welcomes spring and honours Saint Joseph’s Day with the burning of giant elaborate sculptures and effigies of wood and plastic called ‘fallas’. Walls of flames engulf the city on the last day of the week-long spectacle of processions, fireworks, music and dancing.

 

 

 

 

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