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Fire fest has Valencia up in flames

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 - 00:53

Mar. 20 - Valencia's annual Las Fallas festival ends with the burning of hundreds of giant sculptures. Elly Park reports.

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Once a year, the city of Valencia is ablaze. It's the final day of a five-day festival rightfully named "Las Fallas", or "the fires" in English. This is the highlight of the festival - giant sculptures made of paper-mache set on fire. The burning of Moses is the main attraction this year which took workers a whole year to design and build. So why the fiery end? Las Falls is held in honor of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters who build the sculptures. It's also thought to have originated from a pagan festivals celebrating the end of the winter. So perhaps it's just a fierce display of the Spaniards' wish for Spring.

Fire fest has Valencia up in flames

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 - 00:53

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