The people, also called the Valencianos surely know how to have fun! Valencia is one city full of magic, color, and excitement, specially during one of the city’s many, many festivals. There are fireworks and parades, and of course, magic and passion, typical of Spanish cities.
For Valencianos, the festivals of Valencia are more than just colorful costumes and delicious food, they are a reflection of centuries-worth of culture and meaning, to the point that most festivals always have something to do with the religion as well as agricultural, or pagan meaning to them.
First Trimester Festivals
From January to April, Valencia is an explosion of colors and gaiety as they celebrate various festivals. First, on January 6, the Christmas festivities are officially closed with Epiphany, or Kings Day.
A few weeks after that, on the 22nd of the same month, is the celebration for the feast of San Vicente Martir, the patron saint of Valencia.
March sees the most exciting and the biggest festival in the city. Between March 15-19 is the Las Fallas de Valencia, which showcases an amazing pyrotechnics display and the burning of satirical figures called “fallas.” This festival is one of the most attended and most anticipated in the world. There are fireworks displays every night until the 19th and the anticipated burning of the fallas at midnight of the 18th.
April sees the celebration of the Semana Santa or Lent season. It is a more solemn festival, but colorful nonetheless.
Second Trimester Festivals
On May 3, the Festival of The Crosses of May covers Valencia’s streets with crosses made of flowers, and on the second Sunday of May, thePatron Saint of the City, Mare de Déu dels Desemparats is commemorated through the festival of Virgin lose Desamparados. In June 23, the festival of Saint Joan, or San Juan in Castillian, is celebrated not only in Valencia, but all over Spain. July sees another flower-themed festival, the Feria de Julio or July Fair, which celebrates the hot summer days and nights in the city, mostly celebrated on the beaches with huge bonfires.
In the town of Buñol, just outside the edges of the metropolitan of Valencia, the weirdest, yet enjoyable festival happens in August. The yearly Battle of Tomatoes of the festival, La Tomatina, will make everyone wet and wild with tomatoes thrown at each other. No one is spared with this hilarity and gaiety.
Third Trimester Festivals
The National Day of the Region of Valencia, which happens on October 9, is one of the most romantic festivals in the city. The feast of San Dionis happens on this day, which is the Spanish equivalent to Valentine’s Day. It is a day of lovers both young and old.
November and December sees Valencia, Spain taking part in the rest of the world’s commemoration of All Saints’ Day or Todos los Santos, and Christmas and Spanish Natividad, respectively.