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Fiestas in Calpe: "En Fallas" (March 2019)

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The Calpe Fiesta, "En Fallas", is held annually in Calpe, Spain, during the month of March. Find information about the 2019 Fiesta in Calpe, Spain, below.

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March 2019

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March 2019

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  • Local fiestas
Fiestas in Calpe: "En Fallas" (March 2019)

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The "Falla del Calpe Vell" is a Fiesta in Calpe, Spain, for which the Fiesta Committee construct large statues made of cardboard, wood and other materials. These "Calpe Fallas" are burnt at midnight on March 19th, the day of San José, to celebrate the beginning of spring.

History of Las Fallas

Tradition has it that Valencian Carpenters spring-cleaned their workshops on the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Carpenter. They gathered all the woodcuttings and woodchips and made a bonfire of them on the streets outside their workshops. In the 18th century, as the fiesta became more popular the citizens made models of personalities they wanted to deride and hung them in the streets. The Carpenters took to shaping their woodcuts into the image of Town Councillors or people in the public eye that they wanted to complain about. This has become a tradition all over Valencia and the local Town Councillors take it in good heart when they are criticised. The day before the Fallas the Falleros process through the Towns and make an offering to Our Lady of Desemparados, the Patron Saint of Valencia.
Fiestas in Calpe: "En Fallas" (March 2019)

Calendar of Events

The 2019 programme is not yet available. For guidance, please refer to the 2017 programme below.
 
17th March:
07:30   Despertá through the streets (to wake up the residents - firecrackers & music).
13:30   Sardines gratis for all helpers next to the Fallas statues.
18:00   Amusements and childrens games.
22:00   Fiesta Fallera (dinner and dance for the falleros in the Fallero Tent).
 
18th March:
14:00   Paella gratis for all helpers next to the Fallas statues.
17:00   Parade through the streets.
19:30   Offering of flowers to Nuestra Señora de la Nieves (Our lady of the snows) in the parish church of nuestra señora de las nieves.
22:00  Fiesta Fallera (dinner and dance for the falleros in the Fallero Tent).
 
19th March: Feast Day of San Jose (the carpenter)
11:00   Concentration of all festeros next to the Fallas statues
11:45   Parade through the streets.
12:00   Holy Mass celebrated in the Parish Church of nuestra señora de la nieves, in honour of Saint Joseph. In attendance will be the Town’s officials and Falleras.
13:30   Gran Mascleta (long row of fireworks in the Plaza Mayor).
23:00   Burning of the Children's falla monument.
24:00   Burning of main monument
Fiestas in Calpe: "En Fallas" (March 2019)
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