Friday, March 18, 2011

Las Fallas, the joy, the beauty and the creativity!


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Las Fallas, the joy, the beauty and the creativity!

LAS FALLAS - LOOK AT THE DETAIL!

LAS FALLAS - LOOK AT THE DETAIL!

Sometimes it really is good to be alive!  Today I have been down in my beloved Gandia, touring around the Las Fallas ninots and bathing in the celebrations of Las Fallas.  This is the eighth time that I have seen Las Fallas and I am still overwhelmed by the sense of joy that surrounds a major fiesta in Spain.

As I have written before, Las Fallas lasts about a month, although the peak period is from the 15th – 19th of March each year (the best time to come here for Las Fallas).  This is when Valencia province goes into fiesta mode and where you can enjoy terrific bands, parties, concerts, Mascalet├ís and, of course, the wonderful street life that surrounds the ninots (the effigies).  It is truly great – and something not to be missed.

Indeed, Las Fallas is a fiesta in Spain that you should make every effort to see, even if it is only once in your lifetime.  You do not even need to go to Valencia city itself because provincial towns like Gandia put on a display that is almost as breathtaking (but more intimate) than the ‘big smoke’ itself!

Rather than go on too much, I thought that you may enjoy some of the photographs that I took today.  In particular, note the amazing detail and artistry of the ninots and their sheer scale!  Incredible!

Also, have a glance at the Valencian traditional dress worn by the falleros – which has nothing to do with Flamenco.  It is, though, perhaps more gorgeous…

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