If you are one of those people loving the sight of flames and the smell of gunpowder, the Valencian famous festival known as «Las Fallas» is the event for you. This unique celebration is characterised for being smoky, loud, crazy and rowdy while the city is literally set ablaze.
This Valencia well known event began as a feast day to commemorate St Joseph, the patron of Valencia and the saint of carpenters. The Valencia Fallas have developed into a five day multifaceted festival also celebrating «fire» with a population swelling to three million of flame loving people. In Valenciá (the co-official language of the region of Valencia), Las Fallas mean «the fires».
Las Fallas centre of attraction are the creation and destruction of the ninots, which are statues made of huge cardboard, wood and plaster located over 350 places like parks and key intersections all over Valencia city. The lifelike ninots frequently and satirically portray current events and bawdy scenes (Spanish celebrities and lampooning corrupt politicians are especially liked). Crafted by neighbourhood organizations, they are quite expensive and take about six months to build. Many ninots are quite a few stories tall with cranes needed to move them into position.