Celebrations to look out for in March
If you are planning a visit to Alicante or Murcia this March here are a few of the fiestas you can see around the region.
Preparations for Las Fallas start up to a year ahead with community groups throughout the city creating ‘ninots’ which are huge sculptures of papiermâché on wood sometimes in the shape of traditional figures, sometimes in the shape of famous people, politicians and even Disney characters. During the night of 15 March, the completed figures, numbering more than three hundred and often costing tens of thousands of Euros, are erected at sites throughout the city. This event is known as la plantà.
It is only now, on the 16 March, that the party really starts. There are around-the-clock festivities including: street parties, paella-cooking competitions, parades, open-air concerts, and bullfights. Oh, and of course fireworks: each day at 2pm there is a mascletà which is 5 minutes or more of deafening explosions which literally shake the city. Pregnant women are banned from attending a mascletà!
The festivities culminate with the burning of ‘las fallas´ in an event known as the ´crema´ on the evening of the 19th March. The local fire brigade have to work very hard to prevent the city from burning down!
Valencia is around 2 hours´ drive north of the Drivalia depot at Alicante Airport. Closer to ´home´ Benidorm and Denia have mini-Fallas festivities.
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