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Festival of the Fallas - Art of joking
Text by: Paula Repo
Photos by: Pasi Rein

The splendor of Fallas is magnificent but short-lived. Every spring these
monuments of art take the plazas and street corners of Valencia for five days,
from March 15 to 19.

Valencia Home Festival of the Fallas:
Fallas 2 - Mascletás
Fallas 3 - Flowers
Fallas 4 - The Fire
Fallas 5 - Museum

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The Fallas of Valencia

Above photo - Political figures are present in most Fallas.

They joke about faults in the society - scoffing at
politicians, officials and celebrities - before bursting into flames.
Fire that
wipes out the old and brings forth the new has culminated this fiesta of Fallas
for hundrets of years.

In the beginning it was part of the spring cleaning of workshops. Carpenters
said adios to useless things and burned them in honor of their saint. Over the
years this St Joseph's Day ritual has grown up to be a grand fiesta that keeps
the artists and artisans busy all year round in the City of Fallas. Besides the
workshops this large barrio hosts a museum exhibiting the Fallas art from past

Photo Left - Globalization is portrayed in this monument as a monster swallowing up the
dignity and identity of people.

Go to page 2 of the Fallas, Feel the Rhythm of Thunder.

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This page last updated January 2007
Fallas text copyright held by Paula Repo, photograph copyright by Pasi Rein .