• Short Summary

    Valencia, in eastern Spain, has been celebrating its annual Fallas festival in which elaborate lathe and plaster tableaux are built and traditionally burned at midnight on March 19th -- St.

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    Valencia, in eastern Spain, has been celebrating its annual Fallas festival in which elaborate lathe and plaster tableaux are built and traditionally burned at midnight on March 19th -- St. Joseph's Day.

    The origins of the Fallas festival are obscure, but one theory holds that the city's large wood-working industry burned all its old wood shavings on St. Joseph's Day to celebrate the end of Winter.

    This year, clubs and groups of people set up 240 major fallas and 230 smaller tableaux for children in streets and squares in the week before St. Joseph's Day. The cost of making the more elaborate fallas can be very high -- one replica of the Statue of Liberty at this year's festival cost about GBP 8,000 (US$19,700).

    Fireworks and gunpowder about GBP 10,000 (US$24,600) were used to provide the smoke, flames and explosions for this year's festival.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7XE7TZP53N4A64Z2ZG0K86NTL
    Media URN:
    VLVA7XE7TZP53N4A64Z2ZG0K86NTL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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