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Festival of the Fallas page 4
Text by: Paula Repo
Photos by: Pasi Rein

Get thrilled with the fire
The Night of Fire is a show of blaze and smoke. In the city of Valencia some 350 fallas flare up. As many of them are more than 20 meters tall, the flames reach high in the sky.

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

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Above photo - Fire crackers prelude the burning ceremony.


Photo above -In the Night of Fire the Fallas are consumed by flames.
The air and atmosphere become more and more heated in the
progress of the night. The torching begins at eight and reaches its climax at one in the Town Hall Square where the largest falla is set on fire. Playing with fire in a city packed with festival crowd sounds like a hazardous fun. Precautionary measures warding off the risk of fire actully changed the whole design of fallas in the 1800th century.

When the mayor of Valencia prohibited the placing of fallas against the house walls, the fallas changed from simple dolls to complicated monuments with tens of figures arranged so that you can examine the piece of art from all angles. The locations of fallas are nowadays carefully planned, but just in case, the fire fighters monitor the burning fallas.

Go to page 5 of the Fallas, See the essence of Fallas

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