THE Fallas fire fiestas with bonfires that go up in smoke on March 19 have now been postponed twice.
Assuming that the Valencian Community’s present trend of dwindling Covid continues, regional president Ximo Puig has already declared that the celebrations surrounding the ceremonial burning of 2020’s Fallas monuments will be held “sooner rather than later.”
July or August are favoured by the regional Health department but September, while children are still on holiday from school, is also in the running.
The Generalitat will consult the Fallas Monitoring Committee in early May although sources quoted in the regional daily Levante maintained that the date will remain a mystery until mid-or late May.
Valencia City is not the only municipality that holds Fallas, which are celebrated throughout the provinces of Valencia and Alicante. When the Fallas Monitoring Committee was created, it was understood that each town would be free to decide its date within the permitted period and all the celebrations were unlikely to take place at the same time.
What is already known, however, is that this year’s fiestas will still be bound by health and safety regulations, albeit relaxed.
Measures include “bubbles” for local fiestas committees, including limited access as well as an obligatory Covid Coordinator to ensure that regulations are not flouted.
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