Fallas of Valencia
Internationally renowned , the Fallas of Valencia are the fiesta par excellence of the city and one of the city's biggest tourist attractions . They are held each year between the 15th and 19th of March, in honor of St. Joseph, patron saint of carpenters.
Throughout the year, fallas artists are responsible for building the scenes (called faults or ninots) from flammable materials , which are very satirical and deal with political and social issues. On the 15th of March, the 'Planta' takes place, when more than 700 of these scenes are placed on the main streets of the city . The 18th is the night of the 'crema' (the burning).All the scenes are set alight and devoured by the flames. The best scene is picked by a panel of judges and is not burned and is exhibited at the.
Although the holidays are mainly concentrated between the 15th and 19th ,from March 1st some preliminaries are held. The mascletás are powerful firecrackers that wake up Valencia every morning, the most spectacular of which takes place in the town hall square.
During the Fallas there are festivals, bull fights, firework displays, exhibitions, paella displays , contests and rides.