Y9 Spanish homework – Las Fallas Research

26 03 2013

Fallas 2013]Las-Fallas-figures-burnedResearch ‘Las Fallas’ festival which is celebrated in March in Valencia, Spain.

Write a 100 word blog post to explain the most interesting thing you discovered during your research and give your opinion.

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28 responses

26 03 2013
Emily C

Las fallas
I think that las fallas is a good event in spain because they have had this tradition for hundreds of years. This festival was originated in the middle ages as a ritual from the local carpenters. One of the religious traditins is to bring flowers to the statue of the virgin. All of the girls wear the traditional big and colourful dresses and costumes and the best gets to light the fire bangers at the other festival. They are always really bright and they wear them for the whole entire festival for showing people their traditions and cultures. i think that this is good because they are keepig the same traditions for the girls that were there 100s of years ago.
Emily 9R

26 03 2013
heidi

“Falla Convento took overall first place this year and cost more than $300,000 to build” the model cost $300,000 to build the group that built it their group’s 14th time in 120 years winning the best model.Its message id that Germany’s president is holding the money, while Portugal and Greece are shown sinking, and the president of Spain has a rope around his neck.suggesting “who pays, is who decides.” i think that the models are really nice and show how the people are feeling some other ones represent whats going on in politics and family life.

26 03 2013
Lauren E

Lauren:

Las Fallas means ‘the fires’ in Valencian. The whole festival is based around the creation and destruction of the ‘ninots’ which means puppets or dolls. These are huge, cardboard, paper-mâché statues. The statues usually have a theme and some famous themes are Spanish Politian’s or Famous celebrity’s. The models remain in the town until the 19th march, this day is known as ‘La Crema’ which means ‘the burning.’ At 11:45pm on 19th March the people start to sing and chant and the street lights are turned off, at exactly midnight the models are set on fire. Recently the firemen have found a way off protecting the houses by covering store fronts with fire proof tarps. Every year one model is saved by a vote, this model is called ‘ninot indultat’ which means the pardoned puppet. it is placed in the local ‘museum of the ninot.’

27 03 2013
Mirriam

It’s Spain’s largest celebration held in Valencia. Las Fallas is a traditional celebration which is loves by all Spanish people and has attracted the attention of many tourists. ‘Las Fallas’ itself is the name given to the main part of the celebration which are the statues made. The statues, which are made of paper Mache, wood and cardboard, are lit all over Valencia. The statues are always controversial, created by the Spanish people with strong opinions and they usually reflect humorous ideas on the people in them for example the Pope or Government. The statues are burnt and the best one kept.

27 03 2013
Charlotte

The Las Fallas is a festival held in Valencia, Spain every year in March. It is a festival is held to worship Saint Joseph. The Desperta is what is known as the wake up call; this takes place at 5:00am every day. The Mascleta (fireworks and fire crackers) begins at 2:00 pm. This occurs every day of the Las Fallas apart from Els Castells and La nit Del Foc. The Las Fallas festival traditions began when the street lamps were no longer needed and were burnt out side of the wood shop door, then people from around the neighbourhood added. I think that the Las Fallas is a great idea for a festival because it brings neighbourhoods and streets together to celebrate and it creates great friendships that go through generations.

29 03 2013
Melissa

Las Fallas
Las fallas are giant sculptures made out of cardboard and wood. They are a tradition in Valencia and get showed off yearly as part of a massive Easter celebration in Spain. Each family or group create one and the techniques get taught to the younger generations, so they can do it when they are older. The people gather in the square every day during the celebration at 2pm. They gather for the mascletà, where smoke bombs and fire crackers are placed all over the city centre and they set them off. Once they get going, you can hear them from miles around. The men have a competition to see who can be the loudest. At the end of the celebration they set fire to all the fallas in the middle of the city. Once one year’s celebration is over, they start to prepare and build next year’s fallas. The celebrations end on March 19th that is when they are set alight. On the 17th and 18th of March, there are colourful parades where girls from the fallas dress up in decorative costumes and carry bunches of flowers to offer up to the patron saint, the virgin Mary.

11 04 2013
Alice C

After my research on las fallas, I found out that Convent Jerusalem, has won first prize with the title: “Qui paga mana” (who pays, commands). The second award was for Special Campanar Nou and the third to Swedish Literato Azorin. The winning one cost two hundred and forty thousand euros to make. The artist that designed it is called Peter Santaeulalia. The falla had about ten really detailed figures including a leopard and a monkey. I think that it is really well crafted falla and I do prefer this to some of the extremely freaky weird fallas such as the Michael Jackson falla but it’s not my cup of tea.However all of them have this sort of cartoon themed look about them as it’s probably tradition so it’s not the artists fault. I would prefer something that you can tell is made out of wood and is really really intricate with just light gentle pastle colours painted on. Or it could be something dark and slightly edgy but not like the creepy cartoon clowns more beautifully elegant edgy.

12 04 2013
Matthew H

My favorite bit of las fallas is la mascleta because it has lots of big explosions in it. La mascleta is basically a huge barrage of explosions, like a firework display, but only the noise, no colours. It happens every day at 2pm during the las fallas festival and different neighbourhoods compete for the biggest and loudest barrage. the best la macleta is on the last day of the festival – the 19th of march – and is held in front of the town hall. It is started by the Fallera Mayor, who says: “Senyor pirotècnic, pot començar la mascletà!”, which in English is: “Mr. Pyrotechnic, you may commence the Mascletà!”.

13 04 2013
Kathryn M

I think that one of the interesting things about ‘Las Fallas’ is that however much it is a religious festival (in praise of Saint Joseph the patron saint of the carpenters) it is a very lively, loud and extremely colourful festival that I think personally shows off the towns people’s opinions of what is going on in their current environment and on the news. My opinion of the Las Fallas festival is that it is a period of time where people can spend time with their families and friends while celebrating the Historic, Religious and fun side of the tradition in Valencia

14 04 2013
Lucy

Las Fallas literally means “the fires” in Valencian. The focus of the fiesta is the creation and then destruction of ninots (“puppets” or “dolls”), which are huge cardboard, wood, paper-machè and plaster statues. The ninots are extremely lifelike. A popular theme is poking fun at corrupt politicians and Spanish celebrities. The ninots, often costing up to US$75,000, are crafted by neighborhood organizations and take almost the entire year to construct. Many ninots are several stories tall and need to be moved into their final location of over 350 key intersections and parks around the city with the aid of cranes on the day of la plantà (the rising).

14 04 2013
Jess H

The costumes worn for Las Fallas are traditional Valencian style, brightly coloured and decorated with gemstones, jewellery and sequins. The women wear their hair in lots of braids and plaits pinned together at the back of their head. They also have 2 coils of hair at either side of their head that are placed around their temple. The costumes mean a lot to the people and the cheapest traditional Valencian costume will cost around 1500 euros. I think that the costumes are very pretty and it is nice to be able to wear something special for a couple of days in the year that you wouldn’t usually wear. Also it is an opportunity for them to show off and have the nicest most detailed dress and hair style.
Jess

14 04 2013
Rebecca L

Las fallas means the fires in valencian and the main focus of las fallas is the puppets and dolls. They are huge statues made out of huge cardboard, wood, paper-machè and plaster statues. They are always very big and very realistic and always have something to do with things that are going on at the time and many people like to criticise politians and spanish celebrites. The statues cost about £50,000 or $75,000 and are built by the locals and take nearly a year to make. The statues are then burnt in the streets of Valencia. I like the sound of Las Fallas because it sounds like a good and exciting thing to be part of and would create a great atmosphere to be around. ~ Rebecca Lamb

15 04 2013
Eve K

I have found that Las Fallas means “the fires” In Valencian. The focus of the fiesta is the creation and destruction of minors (puppets or dolls) which are Hugh cardboard, wood, paper-machè and plaster statues. The puppets are extremely lifelike and usually depict bawdy, satirical scenes and current events. A popular theme is poking fun at corrupt politicians and Spanish celebrities. The labour intensive puppets, often costing up to €75,000, are crafted by neighborhood oraganizations and take almost the entire year to construct. Many of the puppets are several stories tall and need to be moved into their final location of over 350 key intersections and parks around the city with the aid of cranes on the day of la plantà (the rising).

15 04 2013
Joseph

In Valencia Las Fallas is celebrated across the whole city from the 1st to the 19th of March each year. An important part of this celebration is the food and drink. Food and drink stalls all over this vibrant and energetic city sell drinks such as: mojitos, caipirinhas and beer. Food such as: buñuelos and the cream filled churros) can only be bought during Las Fallas. Once the festival finishes, all the street stalls disappear and with them, the mouth-watering delicacies.

15 04 2013
Julia

The Spanish festival of Las Fallas is a festival celebrating Saint Joseph-the saint of carpenters. The statues are called ninots, which means dolls or puppets. These statues can as high as five storeys, and are burned on 19th of March, which is also known as La Crema.

15 04 2013
Gabrielle

Las fallas is celebrated in memory of saint Joseph. Each town has a group of people who organise and plan the event for their community. For five minutes each day the city is shaken by extremely loud and deafening bangs, so loud that pregnant women are advised not to go, as well as others at risk of certain health problems. It is one of the loudest events around and extremely famous around the world for the huge fires that are lit around each area of Valencia. As soon as it is over, preparation begins for next years event as it takes a lot of time and work to complete

15 04 2013
Rebecca C

Las Fallas literally means “the fires” in Valencian. The focus of the fiesta are the huge cardboard, wood, paper-machè and plaster statues which are burnt .

16 04 2013
alex

i was interested in how different communities made the big structures. I found that there are 350 different fallas communities in Valencia. Each community is normally made up from two streets. The sculptures are made out of paper mache.

16 04 2013
Olivia A

On the final night of las fallas at 7pm on the 19th of march, a fire parade takes place and it is known as being spectacular. Fire is the fiestas symbolic spirit. It is an event that shows displays from around the world. Fire is a huge part of the whole event and is quite close to the houses in towns and cities and fundraising is done all year round to support the event.

18 04 2013
matty d

LasFallas is celebrated in Valencia ,Spain. Las Fallas is undoubtedly one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain.The festival literally means “the fires” in Valencian. It happens all around the city and costs millions to do every year but the trouble is the Valencians what bigger and better fires and is quite a big risk seen as the fires are right next to the houses.The fires before they are lit are like floats that have a comical twist about whats appended over the year (good/bad) e.g. the economy.The ninots remain in place until March 19th, the day known as La Cremá (the burning). Starting in the early evening, young men with axes chop cleverly-hidden holes in the statues and stuff them with fireworks. The crowds start to chant, the street lights are turned off, and all of the ninots are set on fire at exactly 12am

18 04 2013
dominic

The fallas are massive models made out of paper mache, wood, wax and other materials. They are burnt on the night of 19 March in a festival that takes place every year. Fireworks and firecrackers play a big role in the festival and you will probably leave with a headache. The ground will shake because of the force of the fireworks display which begins at midnight. Some fallas take a year to build and cost a lot. Once every neighbourhood has finished building its own falla they are placed around the city overnight so that people wake up to a group of surprise visitors. This is called the plantà and this is what marks the real beginning of the festival. I think that this festival sounds fun as it sounds very lively and loud, one day I would love to go and see it!

18 04 2013
Anna T

Las Fallas is one of the most unique and crazy festivals in Spain. Spain is a country known for its unique and odd fiestas. It started as a feast day for St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters, and has turned into a 5-day celebration involving fire. Valencia, a quiet city with a population of just over 1 million, turns to an estimated three million during Las Fallas celebrations

18 04 2013
Chloe

At midnight on the 19th, the closing act takes place. A massive bonfire is built and the ninots, which had took months to design and build were burnt down: all except one, which would be voted to go to Fallero Museum. I like how all the ninots had their own individual theme and how they represented that theme in such a quirky way. I also like how ‘Las Fallas’ is a very traditional celebration and also it brings them all together unlike any celebration in England.

21 04 2013
jessica h

The Las Fallas festival is a five-day celebration leading up to Saint Joseph’s Day each March 19. Las Fallas history goes back 500 years to medieval times, when the carpenters, needing light in the dark winter evenings, would use a candle perched on a stand. When the light of spring came and the structure was no longer needed, it would be burned to honor Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters. Scraps of old wood and garments were added, and the shapes, or ninots, took on a doll-like appearance. Somewhere along the years, these ninots turned into the fallas, artistic sculptures over five-stories high, commissioned by neighbors to be built by Valencia’s master craftsmen.

22 04 2013
emilia w

The Fallas are enormous models made out of papier mache, wood and wax, and often characaturing Spanish social and political current affairs. The models are burnt on the night of 19 March in a festival of fire, fireworks and organized mayhem. Fireworks and firecrackers play a big role in any fiestas held in this region, and Fallas is no exception.You have to careful of firecrackers being thrown along the street by youngsters.

23 04 2013
Hardeep K

Las Fallas is a Spanish festival which takes place in March from the 15th to the 19th. The festival is celebrated each year as it is a tradition which is respected by the Fallas communities. For the Fallas festival special sculptures are made out of papier-mâché and wood, they are called Ninots or sometimes just Fallas (Spanish) or Falles (Valencian). The Fallas are made throughout the year as they are extremely detailed and artistic but in the end, they are all burned down during La Cremá. During this event ashes rain down as the safety patrol guard buildings from disaster! I think Las Fallas is an amazing festival that still shows tradition!

23 04 2013
Millie

The five days and nights of Falles are a continuous party. There are lots of processions: historical, religious, and comedic. Crowds in the restaurants spill out into the streets. Explosions can be heard all day long and all night. Tourists may be surprised to see everyone from small children to the elderly throwing fireworks and noisemakers in the streets, which are littered with pyrotechnical debris. The timing of the events is fixed and they fall on the same date every year, though there has been discussion about holding some events on the weekend before the Falles, to take greater advantage of the tourist potential of the festival. I would love to go to this festival as it is different to anything we have in England.

23 04 2013
francesca

i researched the huge statues that are burnt during the celebration of las fallas. often they are satirical depicting a celebrity or a politician, They can also portray a local national or international event of the previous year. It takes skill to build the statues in such a way that prevents them collapsing dangerously and they have to collapse in on themselves. what interested me about the ninots (what the huge statues are known as) is that they take so much time and money to create and all that work is burnt down on just one night, midnight, el dia de san jose (saint josephs day)

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