Take a tour of Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.
An eccentric, outlandish, and spirited festival in Spain comes once a year.
From March 15th to March 19th, Las Fallas, "The Fires", Valencia is lit in brilliant colors to celebrate the carpenter’s patron, St. Joseph.
The festival is also said to have beginnings in the pagan rituals of welcoming spring and the new harvest.
During the festival, millions of paper-mache and plaster puppets, depicting
crude, bawdy, and satirical characters are crafted and displayed around the city.
Some of the puppets can be up to 20 feet tall and are paraded around during the festivities.
On the final day, puppets are burned during La Crema , meaning “the burning”, in massive bonfires spread over the streets.
And the rest are stuffed with fireworks and lit at Midnight, to ignite the Valencia sky.