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FESTIVITIES AND TRADITIONS
 
  The cultural mixture grants the city and their inhabitants a warm, cheerful and open nature. Valencia is, beyond any doubt, a jewel for any visitor.

FALLAS (March from 15th to 19th)
(Nit del Foc) in Fallas
 
  It is doubtless, the most popular holiday that takes place in the city and in any town of the province. In Fallas the city is visited, year after year, by tourists that come from lots of different countries
It is in this special week that Valencia honours best the adjectives that define it: light, colour, fire and powder join together for the visitor’s enjoyment, who watches with excitement the daily “mascletà” (controlled and progressive explosion of millions of crackers) in the City Hall Square or the fireworks, which reach its highest peak of beauty in the Nit del Foc (Night of Fire).
 A total of seven hundred Fallas (wood and cardboard monuments) are erected in many of the streets on March 15th , and so will remain until the moment of being turned into ashes in the Nit del Foc.
Fallas are, in itself, enormous works of art designed in cardboard and wood which compete in majesty, wit and beauty, satirizing political, cultural or social events of the city. It is a very popular festivity and all valencians take pride in sharing the explosion of colour, noise and the smell of powder with any visitors. The music that fills the popular marches, the stunning fires and the beautiful colours of traditional garments will turn it all into an unforgettable experience for the tourist.
In these dates, bullfights are also protagonist, and many people go to the bullfighting ring to enjoy this traditional event.

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SEMANA SANTA (HOLY WEEK) in Valencia
Cofradía del Santísimo Ecce-Homo.
 
  It deserves special attention on the coastal areas, so that most of the times people usually speak about the Sailor’s Holy Week. In Easter’s week, there are lots of colourful religious marches where you can see many curious garments. On Resurrection Sunday and Monday, it is typical to spend a day in the countryside, eating the Easter sausage and a type of baked cake known as “mona”.
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SAILOR’S HOLY WEEK
 
  Celebration held in the Sea District, from which its name comes. Religious marches, masses and acts take place during these days. Among all the celebrations, the so called March of Silence and March of the Holy Burial are outstanding. Members of twenty six religious associations (“Cofradías”) carry on their shoulders statues of saints, accompanied by people praying for their sins in penance.
 
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VIRGEN DE LOS DESAMPARADOS (2nd Sunday to may).
Traslado de la Virgen de los Desamparados
 
  It’s the most representative religious celebration, given that we are talking about the most venerated image in Valencia. The Virgen de los Desamparados (Holy Virgin of the Homeless People) is moved by means of a march from the Basílica (church) to the Cathedral. Along this march, the Virgin’s Square becomes a real human carpet. The Basílica’s façade is covered with flowers offering a beautiful image for all those who come to see it.

SAN VICENTE FERRER
San Vicente March
 
  This festivity is a symbol for all the orphans of the city, who during that day, perform the miracles of Saint Vincent on stages built on purpose in the most representative places of the city.

 Saint Vincent’s Day, or Easter’s second Monday, as it is colloquially known, has a local character, because in most of the cities of the province it is a normal working day.
 
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CORPUS (second or third Sunday of June)
Procesión del Corpus Christi
 
  One of the religious marches that gathers more people, where a lot of allegoric characters from the Old and New Testament can be seen (such as Moma or Custodio), at the same time that the so called Gigantes y Cabezudos (people walking on stilts and wearing big heads made of cardboard) dance around. Biblical mysteries are performed on mobile stages.

NIGHT OF SAINT JOHN (June the 23rd)
 
  Also commonly known as the “Night of the Witches”, this festivity is a night of rituals and good wishes where the traditions demands to wet one’s feet at the seashore if you want to see you wishes fulfilled. People throng the beaches meeting around lots of bonfires to perform the complete ritual, jumping on them, and having dinner by the seashore.

JULY’S FAIR (throughout July)
 
  Lots of open air shows next to the Alameda Avenue and the Viveros Gardens. Music concerts of all styles and important music bands meetings during this summer month. Bullfightings are also typical, together with a “Battle of Flowers” where, honouring its name, the city is filled with a real rain of flowers in an incomparable event.

DAY OF THE COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA (9th October)
 
  Traditional festivity because of its historical contents, when the valencians celebrate the conquest of the city in a march which visible head is the flag known as the “Senyera”. Women greet this day with a typical scarf and little baked cakes (“mazapanes”) decorated with small fruits. This traditional present is known with the name of “mocaorà”.
 
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