This major pyrotechnic festival takes place for five days every March and honours Saint Joseph, patron saint of carpenters.
A vast array of paper maché figures known as ninots are made. These are satirical representations of local figures (actors, bull fighters). The figures are ceremoniously stuffed with fireworks and set alight on the day known as La Crema, the festival's culmination, although one ninot is saved by popular vote and placed in the Museum of the Ninot.
There are also boisterous, daily firework contests.
Valencia has the most spectacular Fallas celebrations but there are also festivities in Benidorm, Bunol, Calpe, Denia, Gandia, Oliva, Pego, and Sueca.
For more information see website Fallas
Feria de Mayo - May Fiesta
This event in May was started by an Andalucian exile living in Torrevieja as a street party outside the bar he owned. It has now grown in popularity, staged on the Torrevieja fairground and celebrates all things Andalucian including flamenco music, traditional costumes and Andalucian horses which perform equestrian displays.
There are many stalls serving sherry, tapas and the ever-present churros y chocolate. Many well known Spanish artists come to perform traditional music.
For more information see website Feria de MayoFiestas Patronales - Patron Saints' Days
Each town and village on the Costa Blanca has a feast day to celebrate its patron saint, who is thought to protect the town. These festivities generally last one week and processions and dancing replace work - most shops and businesses close down during this period. Often giant paellas are cooked in the streets and a beauty contest often runs parallel to the event.
Dates vary from place to place but local Tourist Offices can provide.
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