Las Fallas: Valencia's spectacular festival of fire
The Local · 21 Mar 2016, 12:00
Published: 21 Mar 2016 12:00 GMT+01:00
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This weekend saw the culmination of Las Fallas, 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.
This year, figures included Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and even Pope Francis made an appearance as a giant papier-mâché figure.