Fallas festival in Denia is lived with a great variety of acts such as the "crida" announcing act, parades, “planta” the assembly of the monuments, "mascletaes" pyrotechnic festivals, fire festival, the flower offering to the Virgen de los Desamparados and the “cremà” burning of the monuments on Saint Joseph’s day. All of them fill the city with music, color, gunpowder, tradition and fun.
A total of eleven commissions, set up fallas monuments that decorate the city, authentic works of art that’s spread creativity and ingenuity. The fallas scenes represent satirical criticisms of current issues and public figures. The participation of the citizens is so great that one neighborhood (Grup de Mariners) of Dénia join this fiesta decorating its streets and elaborating their own monuments.
The Fallas are craft festivals dedicated to San José. Its origins in the Valencian Community date back to the middle of the S. XVIII, as a simple celebration included in the program of events of the festival of San José (19 March).
Las Fallas begin with the "plantà" or installation of the Fallas Monuments in the various city districts, which will be during the 15th March. From that day these festivities are lived very intensely until the night of San José, on March 19 where the "cremà" announces the end of the festival.
In Dénia, during the days of Fallas, visitors can enjoy visiting them, observing the images depicted and the criticisms placed, as well as living the festive atmosphere that is breathed.
"Despertaes and Mascletaes"
In the early morning "les despertaes" (rockets) announce the start of the day's activities and the "mascletaes" (firework explosions) at 2.30 pm fill the town with noise and smoke and are considered to play a major part in the celebrations.
Flower offering to the "Mare de Deu dels Desamparats"
The falleros and falleras (men and women of the Fallas) dress up in their traditional costumes and walk in procession to leave flowers on the gown of the Virgin.
"La Nit del foc" Fireworks (night of March 18)
La "Cremà" Fallas bonfire
All the Fallas monuments are burnt and after that everyone looks forward to working again on the preparations for next year's celebrations.
In Dénia the fallas don't all burn at the same time; this means that both the tourist and the resident can watch the "cremà" of various different fallas.
In fact, all you have to do is to follow the crowds on foot from one falla to the next!
There is an art to "La Creamà": it's the best when the burning takes place slowly, and the flames consume the falla little by little until the wooden skeleton becomes visible, and finally disappears.