By Haleigh Lugg
Las Fallas is a traditional celebration which honors Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia in Spain.
Las Fallas is a tradition which has been celebrated as far back as the 18th century. Back in the old days rag dolls were hung up on a platform in various places around the city and burned, but in present times giant paper mache sculptures are made and burned as one big bonfire. This festival attracts a whole bunch of tourists each year and is known as a thrilling experience for everyone.
Las Fallas is technically from March 1st to the 19th. Everyday at 2 pm the city displays gun powder explosions which beat out a unique sound. After, the people enjoy local traditional food. Overnight from the 15th to the 16th all the men and women put the ninots together in a beautiful display to be burned. On the 17th there is a prize ceremony in which prizes are given in a children competition and an adult competition.
Las Fallas is held in Valencia, Spain and it is quite the extraordinary event to witness!
Las Fallas started off as a feast day in honor of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. This feast grew into a 5 day celebration involving fire and statues.
People build giant lifelike statues and at the end of the festival enjoy watching all of the statues in one area being burned to the ground.
The importance of this festival is to celebrate Saint Joseph.