[color=darkblue]Father’s Day is celebrated in Spain on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th), as in many other catholic countries, since the good old carpenter was Jesus’ father on earth – though not biological, as we are told. As it falls on a Sunday this year, Monday is a public holiday in most of the country.
This celebration coincides with another major annual event: Las Fallas, in Valencia. This fire festival is a kind of satirical parade of huge, grotesquely funny figures made of papier mach?, wood and wax, called ‘ninots’, which are built in the streets and then set on fire (this is the best part!) at the stroke of midnight, after streetlights have been turned off. It’s said to be great fun, even for non-pyromaniacs. The Mediterranean city more than doubles its population during this colourful f?te.
The event is as popular as the (crazy?) bull running San Fermin festival around July 7th in Pamplona. In fact, the 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” by Hemingway has contributed to its popularity all over the world.