In the last week of March I traveled to Valencia, Spain for Las Fallas. It is a spring celebration in the beautiful sea side city of Spain. Sculptures (often satirical) are constructed from wood and paper mache throughout the year, and erected on street intersections and plazas all throughout the city. The week long festival is a party for all ages full of music, dancing, buñuelos (fried dough sprinkled with sugar) and other sweets, and fireworks. On the last day everyone watches as the sculptures are burned to the ground starting around midnight and lasting to the early hours of the morning. I was able to attend the event with three very dear friends. Standing close to the sculpture watching it burn, feeling the heat of the flames on my skin, and watching their faces illuminate, was a magical and surreal experience that will stay with me for much time to come.
xoxo Deena Danielle