The days and nights in Valencia are one running party during the five days of Falles. There are processions galore — historical processions, religious processions, andhysterical processions. The restaurants spill out to the streets. Explosions can be heard all day long and sporadically through the night. Foreigners may be surprised to see everyone from smallchildren to elderly gentlemen throwing fireworks and bangers in the streets, which are littered with pyrotechnical debris.
Each day of Falles begins at 5am with La Despertà ("the wake-upcall"). Brass bands will appear from the casals and begin to march down every road playing lively music. Close behind them are the fallers throwing large firecrackers in the street as they go.
La MascletàThe Mascletà, an explosive display of the concussive effects of coordinated firecracker and fireworks barrages, takes place in each neighbourhood at 2 pm every day of the festival; the main event isthe municipal Mascleta in the Plaça de l'Ajuntament where the pyrotechnicians compete for the honor of providing the final Mascleta of the fiestas (on March 19). At 2pm the clock chimes and theFallera Mayor (dressed in her fallera finery) will call from the balcony of the City Hall, Senyor pirotècnic, pot començar la mascletà! ("Mr. Pyrotechnic, you may commence the Mascletà!"), and the Mascletàbegins.
Mascletà is almost unique to the Valencian Community, hugely popular with the Valencian people and found in very few other places in the world. Smaller neighbourhoods often hold their ownmascletà for saint's days, weddings and other celebrations.
7-------Each falla is adorned with fireworks which are lit first. The construction itself is lit either after or during these fireworks.Falles burn quite quickly, and the heat given off is felt by all around. The heat from the larger ones often drives the crowd back a couple of metres, even though they are already behind barriers...