• Short Summary

    JUST NOW THE "FALLAS" OF VALENCIA, IN SPAIN, STARTED IS LOST IN THE MISTS OF HISTORY -- THOUGH SOME SAY THEY MUST HAVE FORMED PART OF A FIRE-CULT IN ANCIENT TIMES.

  • Description

    JUST NOW THE "FALLAS" OF VALENCIA, IN SPAIN, STARTED IS LOST IN THE MISTS OF HISTORY -- THOUGH SOME SAY THEY MUST HAVE FORMED PART OF A FIRE-CULT IN ANCIENT TIMES. THIS YEAR'S FESTIVITIES CULMINATED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) WITH THE FALLAS -- GIANT OR SATIRICAL WOODEN FIGURES -- BEING PLACED IN POSITION THROUGHOUT THE CITY AND SET ON FIRE.

    THE FALLAS FESTIVITIES LAST FROM THE 12TH TO THE 19TH OF MARCH, COVERING A WHOLE PROGRAMME OF EVENTS, INCLUDING A TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION IN VALENCIAN COSTUME, BULLFIGHTS AND SPORTING CONTESTS, AN OFFERING OF FLOWERS, AND FINALLY THE BURNING OF THE FALLAS -- WHICH HAD TAKEN MONTHS TO MAKE -- AND A MAMMOTH FIREWORKS DISPLAY.

    ALTHOUGH THE FESTIVITIES MAY WELL BE PRE-HISTORIC IN ORIGIN, THERE IS ALSO A CONNECTION WITH THE SPANISH MIDDLE-AGES WHEN IT WAS THE CUSTOM OF VALENCIAN CARPENTERS TO BRING OUT LEFT-OVERS WOOD AFTER THE WINTER AND BURNING IT IN A PILE. THE PILES WERE EVENTUALLY ADORNED WITH ROUGH DOLLS, WHICH WERE GRADUALLY MADE WITH GREATER ARTISTRY. TODAY THE FIGURES ARE USUALLY SATIRICAL IN NATURE.

    THIS YEAR, 178 FALLAS WERE ON DISPLAY AND PASSED COMMENTS ON SUCH SUBJECTS AS TOURISTS AND THE LOCAL COST OF LIVING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1MDZLUQPRTMCU6OCDAPSCFNMD
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MDZLUQPRTMCU6OCDAPSCFNMD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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