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Las fallas 2018
The bustling streets of Valencia during its world-famous Fallas fiestas.
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In photos: Valencia’s 2018 Fallas fiestas

The popular event, granted UNESCO World Intangible Heritage status in 2016, comes to an end on Monday

  • The Fallas fiestas in Valencia are filled with works made from materials such as cardboard and wood. Pictured outside Valencia’s City Hall Square is the main float by artist Okuda San Miguel.
    1The Fallas fiestas in Valencia are filled with works made from materials such as cardboard and wood. Pictured outside Valencia’s City Hall Square is the main float by artist Okuda San Miguel.
  • From March 15 to 19, firecrackers are set off outside Valencia's City Hall plaza. On the last day, millions of people, both visitors and participants, gather in the square.
    2From March 15 to 19, firecrackers are set off outside Valencia's City Hall plaza. On the last day, millions of people, both visitors and participants, gather in the square.
  • Three festival performers take a break next to one of the floats in Plaza de la Merced square.
    3Three festival performers take a break next to one of the floats in Plaza de la Merced square.
  • Two artists hug while admiring one this year's ‘ninots’ (a satirical figure).
    4Two artists hug while admiring one this year's ‘ninots’ (a satirical figure).
  • A ‘ninot’ of the actress Audrey Hepburn on a float in the Plaza del Pilar square.
    5A ‘ninot’ of the actress Audrey Hepburn on a float in the Plaza del Pilar square.
  • From March 15 to 19, thousands of people gather in the City Hall Square to see firecrackers set off.
    6From March 15 to 19, thousands of people gather in the City Hall Square to see firecrackers set off.
  • Children love to light firecrackers during the festivities.
    7Children love to light firecrackers during the festivities.
  • The event will come to an end on March 19 with ‘la cremà,’ or ‘the burning,’ when all the floats are set on fire. Pictured is a float commissioned by the ‘Na Jordana’ Cultural Association.
    8The event will come to an end on March 19 with ‘la cremà,’ or ‘the burning,’ when all the floats are set on fire. Pictured is a float commissioned by the ‘Na Jordana’ Cultural Association.
  • During the fiestas, you can see floats, watch bands and snack on a ‘buñuelo’ (a Spanish fried dough ball), being made in the picture above.
    9During the fiestas, you can see floats, watch bands and snack on a ‘buñuelo’ (a Spanish fried dough ball), being made in the picture above.
  • At night the streets of Valencia take on a life of their own. During the fiestas, it is customary to wear a 'mocaor,' a neck-scarf which bears the flag of Valencia, as seen above.
    10At night the streets of Valencia take on a life of their own. During the fiestas, it is customary to wear a 'mocaor,' a neck-scarf which bears the flag of Valencia, as seen above.
  • Music is an essential part of the Fallas fiestas. Bands rehearse all year to get ready for this long weekend.
    11Music is an essential part of the Fallas fiestas. Bands rehearse all year to get ready for this long weekend.
  • Streets are flooded with tourists and vendors during the fiestas.
    12Streets are flooded with tourists and vendors during the fiestas.
  • Tourists look at the ornamental lights that adorn the streets of Valencia during the fiestas.
    13Tourists look at the ornamental lights that adorn the streets of Valencia during the fiestas.
  • Figures of Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside United States President Donald Trump.
    14Figures of Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside United States President Donald Trump.
  • Hundreds of floats flood the city during the Fallas fiestas. The Convento de Jerusalén float is pictured here.
    15Hundreds of floats flood the city during the Fallas fiestas. The Convento de Jerusalén float is pictured here.