Here is the essence of Las Fallas. In a matter of minutes, this...
went up in flames...
Spectacular artistic creations gone from dust to dust. Las Fallas ends each year with La Crema, a spectacular extravaganza of sights and sounds throughout the city of Valencia.
We saw an amazing array of Fallas - there are over 300 in all. Each neighborhood hires an artist to bring their vision to life. Subject-matter ranges from political to satire to sexy. Check out the awesome creations that we saw for 2013 in the photo album embedded below.
We staked out a spot on El Pont d'Aragó to watch an amazing fireworks show.
Each full-sized falla had a corresponding children's falla. They burned these creations earlier than the big ones (~10 pm). We weren't sure what to expect as we lined up to watch.
The whole thing was doused in lighter fluid and the lights were dimmed. We expected a big bonfire.
Within minutes, the beautiful creation was burnt to the ground.