This is a picture postcard from a memorable visit to Fallas in Valencia, Spain. Fallas commemorates Saint Joseph, and the tradition is celebrated March 1-19. Last year's Fallas was cancelled due to COVID. A 2021 date has not been set, but late summer is a possibility. It's the longest Fallas cancellation since the Spanish Civil War. It's also the longest time I've spent organizing things, like these photos from 2013. I'm in San Diego right now, but my heart is in Valencia. Here I am in front of the Valencia Cathedral.
It's hard to describe the spectacular monuments, also called fallas, decorating the streets of Valencia. They are made of wood, papier-mache, and other combustible materials. Spoiler alert: they will all be burned to the ground at the end of Fallas. Every neighborhood in the city builds a main falla and a children's falla. The children's fallas are my favorites, especially this one with a music theme.
There are about 400 neighborhoods, or casals, so that's about 800 fallas all over the city. And yes baby, they will all burn.
People gather from all over the world. Fallas is highly profitable for the city. Can you spot the main falla? It will be the last to burn.