Today is the last day of Las Fallas. Tonight, all of the Fallas monuments will be burned and tomorrow it will look like nothing ever happened, or so I am told. Today is also El Día del Padre, or Father’s Day, which is celebrated as a public holiday. That of course means no school! A day off during my first week of school? I’ll take it! Let’s get started with more Fallas fun!

Ofrenda de las Flores
Every year, a wooden figure of the Virgin Mary is constructed in the Plaza de la Virgen. On Tuesday and Wednesday, during the hours of 4:00 pm and 1:00 am, the various falleros and falleras march through the city towards the structure with bouquets of flowers, which are then presented to the Virgen. These bouquets of flowers make up the skirt of Virgen’s dress. Every year, the colors and designs of the dress change. I asked one of my instructors for numbers and this is what he gave me: there are over 700 casal fallers, with anywhere between 50-100 members in each group! All of the Fallas committees take part in this event, which is why the event lasts two days! This tradition is taken very seriously by the Valencianos and is a very special and emotional ceremony for all who participate.

Falleras/Falleros marching towards the Virgen with their offerings.
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I stopped by the display a few times over the course of the offering to see the progress of the skirt. Notice in the first picture how the bouquets are tossed up to be placed in the wooden structure.
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Almost finished!
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The amount of spectators during this event is unbelievable. At times you can hardly move. Here’s an example:
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Finished product.
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Streetlight displays
In addition to the Fallas monuments, each committee also decorates their district with street lights.
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The most impressive display can be found in the Ruzafa district. Apparently this is the biggest and best each year, as they always do something different. There is even a show every night at 8:00 pm where the lights “dance” to the beat of music, and eventually turns into one big street party.
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Once again, major crowds.
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There is plenty to see during Las Fallas, but the crowds are sure hard to navigate around! Next time, final Fallas post!