Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Las Fallas

Valencia welcomes spring with the Fallas festival which focuses around ninots. Ninots are tiny figures (compared to the ginormous Fallas) which are life-like statues that are fashioned out of combustible materials such as wood, cardboard and plaster. These ninots are usually satirical renditions of political and other controversial figures from the Spanish life.
The grand celebrations of Las Fallas terminate on the 19th of March at midnight when the ninots are ignited and destroyed. Every year some of them survive the flames from a popular election called "Ninot indultat" (Pardoned Ninot).

Here are some of the ninots taken from various flickr photostreams

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Image Credit: Piper

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Image credit : Senyor F

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image credit : Pyronious


Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Wow! That's pretty good for cardboard and combustibles! I'm impressed. I'd hate to burn them though.

Xmas Dolly said...

The fairies are my favorite! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by.

Mrs. Quach said...

What wonderful pieces of art... so sad that they are ignited after all the hard work! I'd cry!!!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Such beautiful creations, love the Fairies. I would love to see that festival. Happy Thursday sweetie!

The Blonde Duck said...

I like the fairies!

blueviolet said...

That is pretty amazing. I'd love that festival!

Clipped Wings said...

Wow...such wonderful art to be burnt to a cinder!

~ Noelle said...

those are so awesome!
i would love to see those