In the Boston area we might celebrate spring by going out for a hike, running outdoors, hiding our shovel, etc. But how do they celebrate the end of Winter in Mediterranean Spain?
Here we introduce Las Fallas!
Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. Then again, Spain is a country known for its unique and odd fiestas. What started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, has evolved into a 5-day, multifaceted celebration involving fire. Valencia, a quiet city with a population of just over 1 million, swells to an estimated 3 million flame-loving revelers during Las Fallas celebrations.
During this 5 days, there are a multitude of processions: historical, religious, and comedic. Crowds in the restaurants spill out into the streets. Explosions can be heard all day long and sporadically through the night, noise clouded only by the casals (Street fiestas) offering Sangria and Agua de Valencia. Foreigners may be surprised to see everyone from small children to elderly gentlemen throwing fireworks and noisemakers in the streets, which are littered with pyrotechnical debris.
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