Spain: Last days of Las Fallas, Valencia's fire festival
- 18 March 2017
Thousands celebrated Las Fallas Festival last days in March 18, 2017 in Valencia. Commemorating Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, the annual tradition is believed to have evolved from pagan rituals marking the change of seasons with a five-day fiesta of processions and fireworks.
Hundreds of sculptures, often of celebrities, are exhibited beforehand for the public to vote on their favourite with only two saved from the bonfire to join fellow survivors in a permanent collection at the local Fallas Museum.
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