Las Fallas, one of Spain's most odd and crazy fiestas held every year in Valencia. Las Fallas means "the fires in Valencian. The origin of Las Fallas dates back to the 16th century when the onset of spring season was celebrated as a pagan ritual. The focus of this festival is to create and destroy ninots(puppets or dolls), which are statues made out of cardboard,wood,paper-mache and plaster
Every March Valencia gets ready to welcome the spring. The streets fill up with joy and the hustle and bustle of the Fallas festival, the upmost expression of the merger of tradition, satire, art and sentimentality for one's homeland. The Valencian people live their most international fiesta to the maximum and their kind and natural character invites you to visit the city and join in this fiesta, where everything that is bad is burnt and reborn from the ashes to welcome a new season.
Origin of the Fallas.
Just before spring, in the city streets, the guilds stopped working at night and burned in front of each workshop the rustic parot (a wooden device used for lighting). To feed the fire, these artisans accumulated old strips and chips of wood together with old junk collected from the neighbourhood. Afterwards, the parot would be brought to life with rags giving it a human form, with an old hat as the head, and so the Ninot figure was born.
These figures, protagonists of any skit in the neighbourhood, the city, the country and the world were then placed on a pedestal so they could be seen in the distance. Another fundamental aspect that helps understand the meaning of the Fallas is the ”Llibret”, which contains in rhyme “la relació i explicació de la Falla” (the relationship and explanation of the Falla). With all of this combined we have the real Valencian falla.