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Fiestas in MARCH

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 MarchSt 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 23mm

Rainfall days 7 days

Chance of Rain 18 %

Chance of Cloudy Day 18 %

Sea Temperature 15°C 59°F

Chance of Windy Day 18 %

 

 

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[…] MARCH 15th – 19th – FALLAS – The traditional Valencian festival of Saint Joseph the carpenter. Originally a contest amongst carpenters to create an effigy of the Saint, it has escalated to become one of the most spectacular fiestas of the calendar year. Festivities include, processions with participants wearing elaborate traditional costumes, street entertainment, fireworks and live music.  For more details on this fiesta click HERE […]

Tracy Ann
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The Department of Mobility has reported the traffic cuts that will be made in the coming days for the celebration of the Fallas party. The first of the cuts will be carried out tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13, in the section of the street Mayor Jose Such that runs parallel to San Pedro Street, where the monument and casal of Falla Centro will be located. This court will remain until March 20. While it lasts the vehicles can circulate on San Pedro Street. In the downtown area, from 23:00 hours on Thursday 14 and until day 20, the section of Tomás… Read more »

Ruth Woodhouse
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Ruth Woodhouse

its such a shame they burn them, such a lot of work went into them but hey ho thats their custom

Elaine Davies
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Elaine Davies

Where are the fireworks set off & what time & day,please

Tracy Ann
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A full schedule of events will be released closer to the time