Fiestas in MARCH
FIESTAS IN MARCH
MARCH FALLAS FIESTA 15th to 19th
This fiesta goes back to Pagan times and comes from the Latin word Facla which means Torch. This is one of the biggest most popular and unique of all the fiestas held through out the year, it is colourful and very very noisy with lots of fireworks from the early hours until late at night. This fiesta always end on 19th March which is another very important day here in Spain, Fathers Day.
Today the Pagan side of it is forgotten and San José (Saint Joseph), the patron saint of carpenters, is the official focus for the festival. Carpenters used to hang up planks of wood called ‘parots’ in the winter to support their candles when they were working. At the beginning of spring these pieces of wood would be burned as a way of celebrating the end of dark, winter working days. After a while they began to put clothing on the ‘parot’ and then started to try to make it identifiable with a well-known local personality giving the people the opportunity to publicly mock and/or criticise unpopular events or people. These are what are today called the ‘ninots’, the enormous cardboard, wooden, polyurethane, Styrofoam, cork, plaster and papier maché figures of today. The authorities later decided to link the burning of the ‘parots’ with Saint Joseph’s Day to try to stop it getting out of control!. So basically this fiesta marks the beginning of SPRING and fresh beginnings.
Each district and in Benidorm there are three, Es Tolls, Benidorm Centro and the Rincon de Loix will spend the entire preceding year constructing these elaborate giant Ninots.
These Ninots are displayed for 4 days to give people time to inspect and admire them, they are placed in each of the 3 districts one can be found at the end of Levante beach, near Burger King, the 2nd in the Old Town in the Plaza Triangular in front of Mc Donalds, the 3rd again in the Old Town on Calle Tomas Ortuno. These are burnt in that order from midnight on the 19th starting around midnight then every 30 minutes.
The Fireworks – However loud you think this is going to be you’ll be wrong. There is no way of beginning to describe the amount of noise generated. Pregnant women are forbidden from attending, keep your mouth open to allow the sound to escape and not echo around your head – so they say – but be prepared to feel the ground shake beneath your feet.
And please don’t think you can rest up during the day to prepare yourself for the evening’s bombardments. After you’ve been unceremoniously startled awake at 8 o’clock.
17th March – St Patricks Day, obviously not a Spanish Fiesta but a busy day here in Benidorm
AVERAGE WEATHER TEMPERATURES FOR MARCH
SPRING STARTS 20th
Daylight saving time 2019 in Spain will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 31st
Temperature 14°C 57°F
Low Temperature 9°C 48°F
High Temperature 19°C 66°F
Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
Chance of Sunny Day 44 %
Rainfall days 7 days
Chance of Rain 18 %
Chance of Cloudy Day 18 %
Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F
Chance of Windy Day 18 %