Benidorm Fallas 2012: what you cannot miss

Fallas Benidorm 2011 (Diario Información)

Major events of the Fallas in Benidorm are from March 15th to 19th. This weekend (March, 10-11), the Fallas committees organize some activities such as the offering to the Virgin of the Sofratge, paella contests and other events for children and seniors. But the big fish comes on Thursday, March 15th, great day of ‘La Plantá’ (the stucking), during the morning the Fallas monuments are placed. Where are the Fallas? At the end of Ametlla de Mar avenue, in Triangular Square and Tomás Ortuño street. The following Monday. From 12 o’clock at night, the ‘Crema’ (burning) will consume the work of a year.
Map with location of Benidorm Fallas

Fallas are indeed the most rooted festival in Valencia. In its ancient and controversial origins are mixed customs and historical events that have evolved to the party we know today. The feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of carpenters, is the cornerstone of the celebration. Others see in this event remains of traditional pagan rites of purification through fire.

However, today more than a million tourists go to the main Fallas, in Valencia city. Meanwhile, many other cities like Benidorm, celebrate their own version. Here in Costa Blanca capital, are three Fallas Commissions: Rincon de Loix, Benidorm Downtown and Els Tolls.

On Sunday the festivities in honor of Saint Joseph officially begin, but not until Thursday when La Plantá is done. This is a big day when everybody can see the monuments, whose appearance has been a secret until then. From this day, streets breathe a real feast atmosphere, with parades, concerts and parties in every corner of Benidorm.

From Saturday to Monday, everybody in Benidorm should be prepared to be awaken at 8:30 AM! By the big noise of firecrackers shooting the Fallas in what is known as Desperta. The last of these awakenings is on Monday, what is the main and busiest day to any ‘fallero’: at 2 PM the great Mascletá (fireworks), at 5.30 PM main parade, at 11.30 PM they brun the mini Falla and finally, around 12.30 AM the big Cremá.

And with that will be terminated Benidorm Fallas 2012. Be sure to see the three Fallas of the city, as each year the artisans strive to make the figure more beautiful. Always represent significant contemporary issues, satirizing public figures and puttin a little bit of humor to the issues that most concern the people of Valencia. Enjoy it!

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