Every year in mid-March, March 15th to 19th to be exact, Valencians celebrate the Spring with the festival called Las Fallas. It is a big festival, complete with nightly fireworks, as well as bonfires in the streets. Las Fallas is Valencia's most international festival, where 700 statues are set up in plazas and streets around the city. Then, the last night, these huge cardboard statues (up to 20 meters high), which take months to build are set on fire.
It's not only about the parade and bonfires. During Las Fallas everyone enjoys wandering about the city, admiring the gigantic statues until the night of the 19th, when they are set afire. During the chilly March evenings, it's typical for Spaniards to enjoy eating bunuelos, round doughnut-shaped fritters or churros, long, French fry-shaped fritters, and dunk them in thick, rich Spanish hot chocolate. Prepare a batch of bunuelos or churros, and celebrate Las Fallas at your house!
- Bunuelos de Viento Recipe - Light-as-Air Spanish Fritters
- How to Make Churros Video
- How to Make Churros Step-by-Step
- Spanish Hot Chocolate Recipe - Chocolate Caliente
About's Guide to Spain Travel has lots more information about the festival.
- Las Fallas Events, What Happens at the Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain
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