Fallas: Most incredible festival in Europe

Friday night was the big finale of the month-long Fallas 2010 festival in Valencia, Spain. It is called the Cremà. Gigantic structure made for the occasion are burned with great joy.

I’ve often tried to explain La Cremà to friends who’ve never seen it, but it’s impossible. There aren’t words which can accurately convey the insanity of it all. You tell people it’s crazy, and can see what they’re thinking: "Yeah, I’m sure it’s very crazy. But crazy within reason". No! You aren’t understanding! It’s really completely crazy! Such a thing shouldn’t be legal! The burning of these gigantic 3 story monuments in a densely packed neighborhood, with thousands of onlookers mere meters away, is a crazy thing and a terrible idea.

Over 700 constructions around the city are burnt within a few hours of each other, which makes you think that a tragedy is just a matter of time. But, there are experienced firefighters on hand, with a long history free of major accidents: a fact which is comforting but doesn’t completely erase the terror of La Cremà — the perfect end to Las Fallas, surely one of the world’s most unique and crazy events.

Link - via totalblogal

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by Random Good Stuff.

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I was in Valencia a couple of weeks ago and got to see some of these sculptures being built. I was also present for the fireworks which went off at 2pm. They just kept getting louder and louder to the point where you could feel them thumping in your chest. It was absolutely spectacular. Not so much visually, but the atmosphere, the sound, the crowd. Magnificent.

Wish I could have stayed to witness the end of the festival.
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