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Have you ever heard of the Falleras Mayores?

In Valencia, Spain they hold an annual traditional celebration in commemoration of Saint Joseph. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration.

There are different conjectures regarding the origin of the Falles festival. One suggests that the Falles started in the Middle Ages, when artisans disposed of the broken artifacts and pieces of wood they saved during the winter by burning them to celebrate the spring equinox. Valencian carpenters used planks of wood called parots to hang their candles on during the winter, as these were needed to provide light to work by. With the coming of the spring, they were no longer necessary, so they were burned. Over time, and with the intervention of the Church, the date of the burning of these parots was made to coincide with the celebration of the festival of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.

The five days and nights of Falles might be described as a continuous street party. 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. Everyone from small children to elderly people can be seen throwing fireworks and noisemakers in the streets, which are littered with pyrotechnical debris. The timing of the events is fixed, and they fall on the same date every year.

As part of this five day celebration there is a sort of, for lack of a better translation, a “Miss Falla” pageant where two Queens (Falleras Mayores) are chosen to be the official representatives of the whole Fallas. One is an adult, known as the “Fallera Mayor de Valencia,” and the other is a child, known as the “Fallera Mayor Infantil de Valencia.”

What does it have to do with historical costuming, you might ask?  The contestants for the Falla Queens, and the winners, along with their court, dress in elaborate18th Century costumes!

Who wants to go to Spain now? 

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I probably spent six hours here taking pictures. Amazing to watch the reflection pools as the day turned from sun to darkness.

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this is so fucking terrifying people doing fucking fascist salutations today on Valencia, chanting for leftist politicians to get sent to a gas chamber and literally there was such violent fighting and agressions that La Sexta (a spanish channel) had to straight up stop the broadcast. it’s so scary. i’m tired of all this shit.

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