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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Background: 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.