Monday, June 13, 2011

Holidays:::"Fallas"

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Once a year and all around the Spanish province of Valencia (on the beautiful Mediterranean coast) you can find the most unusual inhabitants on every corner. They are called Fallas, and you're gonna love them. Each neighborhood in Valencia gets together and they create these amazing "temporary statues" out of wood, plaster, and paint. On the night of March 19th, Saint Joseph's Day, they set off a ridiculously awesome show with firecrackers and fireworks and burn them. I'm always sad that they have to burn them, but they do save one and put it in the Fallas museum. The whole thing is a little bit crazy, huh?

Crazy awesome! It's great to spend a couple days walking around the city seeing the creative caricatures of famous people or events, not to mention the amazing artwork involved. It's definitely one of my favorite things about Spain. People from all over the world come and visit it, and in the last couple of years my family has been very good about manning up the 9 hour drive (each way) and visiting for the weekend. So if you ever visit Spain in mid-march you should definitely check it out. One last word of advice: bring earplugs if you plan on getting any sleep. The firework shows starts at 1 am, people celebrating throw firecrackers all night long, and at 8 am every morning they have the infamous "Despert√°". Every neighborhood has little marching bands of people playing traditional music with drums and trumpets. "They are waking up the people so they can celebrate Fallas!" was the obvious answer my dad gave us girls when we asked him why the locals hated us so much as to not want to let us sleep. So like I said, get some earplugs! ;)



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Loved both of these guys
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1st prize for best lighting setup.

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The girls waiting their turn to give the flower offering to the Virgin Mary...
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All of her clothes are made from the flowers from the offering.





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These are "cortes", typical Valencian ice cream sandwiches!


And finally the moment of truth...

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This always looks like the end of the world to me...

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Obama didn't burn! Haha.

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I can't post about Valencia and not have a picture of me and my yaya! Love her! :)

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