If I stuck out my arm I could have touched him! David Villa graced the Plaza de Pilar with his presence today for the Plantà — Mahou beer sponsored him to come out and help set up a couple of the pieces. I just stood there, along with the rest of his crazed fans, screaming and crying and peeing myself. Yeah, I was a mess, but at least I didn’t leap upon his back like a monkey and cover his head with kisses — and I was seriously thinking about it.
Wow. Today’s mascletà, I think everyone in attendance will agree, was … insane. A great way to start the first of the Big 5 Days of Fallas. Shot off by the company Europlá, this was one of the most incredible shows we’ve ever seen. Again, we were lucky enough to have a bird’s eye view, but I think as long as you were anywhere within a 394-mile radius, you couldn’t avoid being bowled over. Take a couple aspirin, then check out that finale.
March 15th – Fallas is now truly underway! A few weeks ago the city was awoken by the Despertà and ever since we’ve been running ourselves ragged, trying to attend as many Fallas events as possible.
La Planta officially starts today, lasting until tomorrow morning when all the Fallas monuments should be completed:
Make sure to watch the end; kind of funny.
The most famous food during Fallas is the buñuelo — donut-like fried treats made from pumpkin, which you dip into hot chocolate. You’ll find stands offering this sinful delight all over Valencia (Ruzafa has the most). Walking from monument to monument costs a lot of energy and buñuelos are even better than Red Bull for an energy boost.
Here’s a rundown of the main events for the next few days:
La Plantà All over the city, Fallas commissions will be working to set up their monuments. A lot of the work has already been done on the larger monuments, but the groups officially have until tomorrow morning to finish. Traditionally the monuments are raised completely by hand, but the larger ones all employ cranes nowadays.
Fireworks Show Tonight at midnight is the first fireworks show at Paseo Alameda. These shows are always incredible, so it’s worth staying up late. On the 16th and 17th the fireworks will start at 1am and on the 18th (the famous Nit de Foc) they’ll begin at 1:30.
Flower Offering: From 4pm until well after midnight on the 17th and 18th, traffic in the city center will be brought to a standstill as Falleras carry thousands of flowers to the Our Lady of the Forsaken in Plaza de la Virgin.
Here are some random Fallas pictures I took over the past few days:
The city is slowly transforming and getting into Fallas mode – most of the main Fallas figures are already starting to get set up and in the tallers, artists are working around the clock to meet their deadlines. La Planta is just around the corner! A Fallas workshop in Carmen was kind enough to grant me access, for a couple of pictures of their work in progress.
Here some pictures of the progress of the Fallas Reino de Valencia-Duque de Calabria:
Today’s mascletà was insanely loud. I don’t know what happened; I thought I was just being whiny and sensitive, but when I looked around, everyone else in the crowd had blood gushing out of their ears, too. It was crazy… as if they used some different kind of gunpowder. "Bastard Brand Gunpowder: Damage Guaranteed!"
We're Jürgen and Mike, from Germany and the USA. We've been living in Valencia on-and-off since 2008. Much of our time is spent traveling the world with For 91 Days... but Valencia is the city we call home, and to which we'll always return.