Though I have shared a variety of newcomer’s impressions about different aspects of Las Fallas (if you just got here, this is where they begin), there is a great deal more that could be said, and many experienced people that have put energy into saying it. If you’re as thrilled to be done with Las Fallas as if you’d been kept awake many nights by the sound of explosions, relief is here. But if you’re interested in learning more, I have some recommendations.
Here is a video (about 16 minutes) that gives a really good taste of the experience.
This is a remarkably good write-up, with great images. I’m glad I didn’t find it right away, as it might have intimidated me too much and prevented me from writing my own thoughts.
This provides English definitions of Valencian fallas terms.
Here you can find a graphic showing all the elements that go into the classic fallera costume ensemble. It’s in Spanish, as is the accompanying article, but you can still probably read the price tags. A euro is worth $1.38 today, but perhaps you’re better off not doing the math, lest it send you off into a swoon.
Wikipedia has a good overall description of the different elements of the celebration, along with a photo gallery.
This is the complete 2014 schedule (though I notice they didn’t mention the first despertá which took place on the last Sunday morning of February, at 7:30 am. Maybe they just consider that a teaser). And of course, more pictures. If you read through the whole calendar you begin to get a sense for the scale of the enterprise, and the vast quantity of gunpowder. The mind boggles.
Here is a gallery of fallas sculptures. Satire and burlesque often feature prominently, so some of the fallas images you might find objectionable. The event has been characterized as a mix between the Fourth of July, a bawdy Disneyland and an apocalyptic end of the world. You should be safe enough with the pictures in the first 3 rows or so, but don’t say I didn’t warn you….
It was quite an extraordinary celebration to experience. If you’ve been looking around for things to add to your bucket list, I can make a case for las Fallas of Valencia.