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This Fiesta take place in Valencia (spain) every year between 15 and 19 of march.

Fallas are monuments made of wood, cardboard, paper mache and other modern materials, and are placed in the streets during the fiesta. They are about different subjetcs, in satirical tone. In addition it is called Fallas to the congregations of neighbors who pay the monument to be set up in their street.

Fallas are formed by neighbors of several streets in one zone, although many times also with people from other places by the fact of being important or famous fallas. The day 14 at night takes place the "plantá"or set up of fallas. Every falla have one big and one child falla and designates a fallera for each one. On the night of the day 19 all Fallas are burned in the "cremá"

Days before the celebrations begin each Falla present a ninot for the Ninot Exposition where the people can see them and vote by whom they want to pardon. Ninots are smaller figures which are part of the falla and are set up around the central figure, developing the subject of the falla. Ninots pardoned since the 30s are at the fallas museum. Child ninots are pardoned since the 70s.

One important part of the fiesta are fireworks that are fired at the old riverbed of the Turia river near Alameda at the City of Arts and Science . Most important are at "Nit del foc" (night of fire) that takes place day 18 by night.

In addition, there are Mascletás in the City council square everyday from the day 1 to 19 of march at 14h. In the days between 15 and 19 some fallas also fire their own smaller mascletás.

Fiestas end when all the fallas are burned the day 19 at night (at dusk for the child fallas). Many of the most important fallas are in small squares and is very difficult to see how are burned. Last one in being burned is the city council falla shortly after firing a night mascletá. Actually there is always some falla not burned yet as the presence of the firemen is required.

Thousand of tourist fill the street during this fiesta and watching some fallas and attending to mascletás requires patience and time.