FALLAS IN GANDIA
THURSDAY 19th MARCH 2020
COST OF TRIP €20.00
Trip Leaders: Lynn Clark & Sue Popkin
The Fallas celebrations take place on 19 March in many Valencian towns on the feast of St Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. Originally, the celebrations were a series of bonfires where local carpenters cleared their workshops for the new year and burnt their scrap wood. Nowadays, local districts vie with each other to design and build the largest and most colourful imagery. The Fallas are erected on 15 March, assessed by a judging panel on 16 March and then burnt down on 19 March!
The Fallas are often created to represent local and national political issues this includes the local mayor and councillors who are portrayed in a variety of unflattering poses. In Gandia there are usually 12 extravagant Fallas spread around the old town, the largest reaching about 15 metres high all very colourful. We will have a Guide to explain what each Fallas represents as all the signs are in Valenciano.
At 11.30 onwards, there will be a flower parade by all the Fallistas in their traditional costume, finishing with a 10 meter high floral tribute of the Virgin de los Desamparados which is created from the processional offerings.
There will be a Mascleta (a firework display concentrating on noise rather than colour).
PLEASE NOTE GANDIA WILL BE BUSY AND VERY NOISY WITH FIREWORKS INTERMITTEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
If you are interested in this trip please either put your name and email address on the list at the travel desk or email
Contact Lynn – firstname.lastname@example.org