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What to see in Fallas?

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See a mascletá.

Without hesitation. It is one of the most special events that take place in Valencia in Fallas. So much so, that the mascletás start to shoot up long before the official start of the festivities.

Shoot, yes, because mascletás shoot; They are pyrotechnic shots that make up a very noisy and rhythmic composition. Unlike fireworks that seek visual stimulation, mascletás aim to stimulate the body through the loud rhythmic noises of masclets (firecrackers with great sound power). What distinguishes a mascletá from a succession of explosions is the rhythm that the masclets must create when they explode, it is essential that the force of the explosions go from less to more, with a tremendous ending, the terratrèmol, without which a mascletá cannot. considered good and in which the public bounces, vibrates, shouts and even tears tears to the rhythm of the masclets. There are those who maintain that Valencians are a bit crazy among the firecrackers and the fire, maybe yes, but what cannot be denied is that the show is impressive.

The mascletás of Valencia have undergone a continuous evolution, especially in the technique and in the quantity of gunpowder. Currently, and for security reasons, the gunpowder limit is set at 120 kilos per mascletá, although on March 19, 2008 the limit was increased to 240 kilos. Regarding the technique used, it has evolved from a traditional execution where only wick and the action of the pyrotechnics are used, to an electronics that is currently used, where the ignition is caused by an electronic system, which allows greater accuracy and security.

Formerly the mascletá was fired in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Valencia on San José's day (March 19) and as the culmination of the Fallas festivities. Later it was expanded in number until it reached the current 19, to which must be added all those that the Fallas commissions do in their neighborhoods throughout the city. Seeing Valencia at 2 in the afternoon on a Fallas day from the air becomes an unforgettable option.

Where can you see a mascletá?

From March 1 to 19 in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. From March 16 to 19 in most of the streets of Valencia.

Usual time: 2:00 p.m.

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