Fallas in Alzira

Fallas Alzira

 

Fallas History

 

Las Fallas are a ritual. Throughout the history of humanity, fire has always been an important ritual symbolising rejuvenation:  it destroys the old and allows the new to grow. It is normal to see along the Mediterranean coasts bonfires lit to commemorate the arrival of the summer solstice, or to burn ninots. Many years ago on the 19th March a group of neighbours built and burned a Falla in the "placeta de las gallinas", became officially known as " Plaza de Casasús".  This event would not have had any importance if a newspaper of the time, "Las Provincias" had not recorded the facts on 21st of March 1889.  Maybe that Falla was not the first in Alzira as there may well have been other monuments in the town imitating the celebrations in Valencia.

 




Fallas in Alzira

 

Fallas are one of the most popular celebrations in Alzira, the capital of la Ribera Alta. The celebrations include the participation of 35 commissions with 5,800 falleros who build over 70 falleras sculptures.  All these commissions are governed by a superior organisation, Junta Local Fallera, who are in charge of the organization of the monuments and the acts which make up the celebrations. The President for this year’s celebration is Rafa Fita Santamaría assisted by Maria Monte Barceló, the Fallera Mayor, and Raquel Reyes Codina, the Infantile Fallera Mayor.




Time table

Friday 17th March

 

8am - Despertà

 

8.30am - “Plantà” de las Fallas Infantiles.

 

2pm - Big “Mascletà” at the Plaça del Regne.



Saturday 18th March

 

8am - Despertà

 

2pm - Big “Mascletà” at the Plaça del Regne

 

6pm - Floral tribute for Mare de Déu del Lluch



Sunday 19th March

 

8am - Despertà

 

10.30 - Mass in the Santa Caterina church in honour of Sant Josep

 

2pm - Big “Mascletà” at the Plaça del Regne

 

6pm - Parade of the Pas-doble

 

10pm - “Cremà” de les Falles

 

The acts are coordinated by the Junta Local Fallera and date back to 1944. The Junta Local Fallera have agreed that the "Cremà" of the Fallas will be burnt earlier in the evening as some commissions have requested that their monuments are burnt at 10pm. The route taken by the firemen will hopefully all monuments will be burnt at their estimated time and the first prize winner will be left until last so spectators can admire it before it is lit.

Firecrackers are thrown by both young and old in "despertà", from 8am every morning during the fallera week. The "mascletà'" is genuinely a Valencian pyrotechnic speciality and usually goes off at 2pm. It consists of an uninterrupted firecracker string with the basic aim of producing as much noise possible in approximately ten minutes.

In Fallas hundreds of musicians come together to perform in the "Despertà", parades and the Offering. During the evening there are discos and orchestras in many districts of the town. The final day of the celebrations, dia de San Josep, on the 19th of March sees the burning of all the monuments. It is when all the monuments have been reduced to ashes that thoughts turn to the celebrations for the following year

 

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