Las Fallas de Valencia

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level B1

This reading and listening exercise is about the Spanish festival Las Fallas de Valencia. This is suitable for level B1 Spanish students.


All Spanish fiestas are known to be noisy affairs. None more so than Las Fallas de Valencia! The fallas themselves are the statues that are filled with fireworks and firecrackers and which are ultimately burned. As well as the expected music and dancing that take place throughout, there are falleros (name given to everyone who participates in las fallas) who dedicate themselves to making noise in the morning to wake you up, there are fireworks at night, and on top of the firecrackers set off by kids in the street there is the massive mascletà: a huge pyrotechnic display that takes place in the afternoon involving massive firecrackers called masclets and noisy rockets and fireworks that also create a visual display of coloured smoke plumes. The main festivities last five days, starting on 15 March and ending on 19 March, Saint Joseph's day. Watch the video below to see just how much Valencia manages to pack into five days of pretty much non-stop partying!


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Exercise: Las Fallas de Valencia

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