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Semana Fallera

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The Semana Fallera, literally meaning Fallas week is not actually a full week. The term generally identifies the days between the Plantà of the fallas, on the 15th of March, and their Cremà, on the 19th of March - the last day of the festival. These are definitely the most eventful days, when something is always happening at almost any given time of the day or night.

The Mascletà - the loud pyrotechnic display in Plaza del Ayuntamiento at 2:00 pm - also takes place every day during the Semana Fallera.

  • 15th March Wedsnesday

    • Before 8:00 am: Plantà Infantil. After a year of hard work, Fallas artists and falleros work to place the fallas infantiles in their respective neighbourhoods for the Plantà Infantil.
    • 5:00 pm: Closure of the Ninot Exhibition. Voting for the Ninot Indultat (adult) is closed and the votes are counted.
    • 5:30 pm: Proclamation of the Ninot Indultat. The first prize winner among the adults’ ninots at the Ninot Exhibition is chosen, becoming a Ninot Indultat. The ninots that have not won get taken back to their respective fallas in the Recogida del Ninot.

  • Night between 15th-16th March Wednesday-Thursday

    • 12:00 am: Albà de les Falles. The Albà de les Falles is another pyrotechnic display that anticipates the Plantà of the fallas mayores.
    • All night: Plantà. The fallas mayores (adult) are placed all over the city in the act of the Plantà. The following morning, when Valencia wakes up, the fallas will have sprouted all over the city.

  • 16th March Thursday

    • 8:00 am: Despertà. Hundreds of falleras and falleros parade around the city, setting off loud firecrackers, followed by marching bands on occasion of the despertà.
    • 4:30 pm: Proclamation Fallas Infantiles prizes. The prize winners among the fallas infantiles are announced.

  • Night between 16th-17th March Thursday-Friday

    • 12:00 am: Castillo de Fuegos Artificiales. A large firework display, called Castillo de Fuegos Artificiales (firework castle) takes place in Paseo de la Alameda, along the Turia park.

  • 17th March Friday

    • 8:00 am: Despertà
    • Hundreds of falleras and falleros parade around the city, setting off loud firecrackers, followed by marching bands on the occasion of the despertà.
    • 9:30 am: Proclamation Fallas prizes. The prize winners among the fallas mayores are announced.
    • 3:30 pm: Ofrenda de las Flores
    • Falleras and falleros parade to Plaza de la Virgen to make a flower offering, called Ofrenda de Flores, honouring the Patron Saint of the city, the Virgin of the Forsaken.

  • Night between 17th-18th March Friday-Saturday

    • 1:00 am: Castillo de Fuegos Artificiales. A large firework display, called Castillo de Fuegos Artificiales (firework castle) takes place in Paseo de la Alameda, along the Turia park.

  • 18th March Saturday

    • 8:00 am: Despertà. Hundreds of falleras and falleros parade around the city, setting off loud firecrackers, followed by marching bands on the occasion of the despertà.
    • 10:30 am and 12:00 pm: Homenajes. Two homages take place. One to the poet Maximiliano Thous, writer of the Comunitat Valenciana hymn, and the other to Maestro Serrano, the composer of the hymn.
    • 3:30 pm: Ofrenda de Flores. For the second day in a row, falleras and falleros parade to Plaza de la Virgen to make a flower offering honouring the Virgin of the Forsaken. The design on the Virgin’s mantle is soon to be revealed.

  • Night between 18th-19th March Saturday-Sunday

    • 1:30 am: Nit del Foc. The longest, most spectacular, and most awaited firework display of the festival is the Nit del Foc that you can see from Paseo de la Alameda, along the Turia park.

  • 19th March Sunday

    • 8:00 am: Despertà. Hundreds of falleras and falleros parade around the city, setting off loud firecrackers, followed by marching bands on the occasion of the despertà.
    • 6:00 pm: Misa solemne. A solemn mass in honour of Sant Josep (St Joseph) is held in the Cathedral of Valencia with the attendance of the Falleras Mayores and their Cortes de Honor.
    • 6:00 pm: Cavalcada del Foc. The fire parade Cavalcada del Foc prepares the city for the flames of the Cremà. You can see this beautiful display along Calle Colón, Calle Ruzafa and down to Plaza de la Porta del Mar.
    • 8:00 pm: Fallas infantiles Cremà. The Cremà is opened with the burning of all the fallas infantiles sculptures in the city.
    • 9:00 pm: Cremà of the fallas infantiles prize winner. The special section’s first prize winner for the fallas infantiles category is burnt.
    • 10:00 pm: Fallas mayores Cremà. Now it’s the turn of the fallas mayores to burn in the Cremà.
    • 11:00 pm: Cremà of the fallas mayores prize winner. The special section’s first prize winner for the fallas mayores category is burnt.
    • 12:00 am: Municipal Cremà. Finally, after all other fallas have been burnt, the municipal falla in Plaza del Ayuntamiento is burnt too, bringing the festival to a closure with the last Cremà.


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