The culmination of the Fallas in Valencia is the fire ritual, the Cremà. It is the moment in which the almost 800 monuments that this week flood the streets of the capital of Turia are consumed and turned into ash. It is the death of ephemeral art and satire and, at the same time, the birth of the spirit of the next joseph festivities.
La Nit de la Cremà takes place every year on March 19, the day of Saint Joseph, the patron saint to whom these popular celebrations are dedicated. In 2023, the epilogue of the Fallas falls on a Sunday.
March 19 is the big day and the last of the Fallas 2023, a day that begins at 11:00 a.m. with an offering of flowers from the major falleras of Valencia and their courts of honor before the image of the Patriarch on the bridge of San José and a later mass in honor of the patron in the Cathedral of Valencia (12:00 hours). Two hours later, the Town Hall Square will be the scene of the last mascletà, a gunpowder bacchanalia that began on March 1. At 6:00 p.m. the Fire Parade will be held (Colón street, from Ruzafa street to Porta la Mar square).
But, without a doubt, the Cremà is the act that takes center stage on March 19. A centuries-old tradition that has recently brought forward the schedules for setting fire to the monuments with the aim of making the festivity compatible with professional activity and family reconciliation for the next few days, especially considering that Monday the 21st is a working day. And it is that until 2021, the Nit de la Cremà lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Below are the schedules for the Cremà de las Fallas in 2023:
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