Grand fireworks dazzle at Spain’s Las Fallas festival
Valencia’s annual Las Fallas festival ends with the burning of hundreds of sculptures across the Spanish city. The crowded city, which has celebrated the annual tradition with fireworks, costume parades, paella contests, bullfights and street parties for almost a week, came to an end with the burning of the famous “ninots” sculptures located all over the city. With the street lights turned off, fireworks marked the start of the burning ceremony and the light from the huge bonfires of paper mache statues illuminated the coastal city. The festival ended at midnight on Sunday (March 19) with a ceremony in which nearly 380 papier mache sculptures were set alight. Every year one Falla is saved from the flames thanks to people’s votes, and it is moved to The Museum of the Fallero Artist for posterity.