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Burning end in Valencia to Las Fallas fiesta

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Burning end in Valencia to Las Fallas fiesta
Ninots are burnt on the last night of Las Fallas. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP
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Valencia celebrated the finale of its annual Las Fallas festival on Thursday night with the dramatic burning of the festival sculptures, known as La Cremà.

Thousands of people squeezed into Valencia’s main square to watch the sculptures go up in flames in a festival that fills the streets with smoke and firecrackers.

In pics: Burning end in Valencia to Las Fallas 2015.

Las Fallas is a week-long celebration in Valencia held every year to honor Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the carpenter’s guild.

The festival is marked with the construction of hundreds of giant wooden, cardboard, or papier-mâché sculptures, known as ninots.

These figurines are often satirical in nature and send up the politicians of the day.

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The ninots are burned on the final day of Las Fallas when the city sky is filled with fireworks.

One of the ninots representing Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP
 

 

 

 

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