The valencian Fallas festival at Montfort
In the middle of the Mediterranean coast, Valencia city, celebrates each year the final days of the winter and the arrival of spring with spectacular fires and pyrotechnics. From March 15th to 19th (the holiday of Saint Joseph, day of the father in the whole country), Valencia is given over to a carnival of bonfires, fiesta, fireworks and a healthy dose of satire known as Las Fallas, the fires..
Displayed on every corner all over the city are colourful ninots, giant papier-mâché figures often 20 feet tall or even more that have been paraded through the streets and then placed in fantasy groups to tower over excited spectators. Each one in some way satirises a political figure, or a soap star, or more exotic creatures from the movies, TV, sports idols, or simply imagination.
Montfort students, teachers and parents have payed their own tribute to this world famous Spanish tradition and celebrated their own Fallas in the school, an event that has wanted to honor the centuries-old Valencian tradition.
It has been a very beautiful event in which the students have elaborated their figures and their ninots representing characters and monuments of Anglo-Saxon countries and their origins.
We have had a great time in the “Plantá” (the placing and installing ) and the “Globotá” (the ballooning), although , due to the weather conditions we have been left with the desire to make the “Cremá” (the final burn of the fallas in bonfires).