Valencia: Fallas to be held early September 2021


The Assembly of presidents and presidents of Fallas has approved with 93% of the votes in favor the celebration of the Fallas of Valencia from September 1 to 5, 2021.

Prior to deciding on whether it will take place this year or not, mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, said: “There is no perfect decision and each one has its risks and its benefits, but the party is made by the falleros and falleras and, therefore, it is the falleros and falleras who must decide.

The mayor had assured the support of the City Council to whatever the decision was and has sent a “message of tranquility” because “this is not about winners and losers” and “it is not a battle to see who has reason”.

The proposed dates have received the support of 308 of the nearly 330 presidents present at the assembly, 93.3% of the total.

Fallas celebrations, a festivity that combines tradition, satire and art which shouldn’t be missed for anything in the world. The origin of las Fallas comes from the old carpenter’s tradition who, when celebrating the arrival of spring on 19th March, used to burn pieces of wood that were used to prop up their lights during the winter.

To this bonfire they gradually started to add old belongings and rags, which gave the wooden structure a human-looking aspect, until they became the ninots that we know today. The Valencian sense of humour soon gave the irony shown in the ninots which is maintained at present.

The Fallas celebrations have evolved into temporary works of art which, in some cases, cost millions of euros.

Valencia’s most international celebration, declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity, will rise from the ashes again in a new edition with the same Falleras Mayores (celebration queens) and their honorary ladies of 2020. Photo