Alicante, Saint John and the Bonfires

Alicante, Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | June 12, 2012 | No comments

The next 24th of June, at night, Alicante dresses up in full regalia and fire. The city celebrates the feast of its Bonfires: an event that has often been unfairly considered as the “smaller version” of the Fallas. There is fire, spectacle, sculptures… even the use of the same terms as “plantá” (when the Bonfires are prepared), “mascletá” (daily fireworks show), or “cremá” (the night when the sculptures burn). To a newcomer’s eyes, the celebrations in Valencia and Alicante could seem to be the same thing, but between the two celebrations there are more differences than it seems at first sight.
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How do you construct a ‘falla’?

Spanish traditions | March 15, 2012 | No comments

The big “fiestas” of Valencia, las fallas, take place over these days. They will end, as everyone knows at this point, with a grand night of fire in which they burn the giant statues which are positioned along the streets of the city of Valencia.
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