The Mascletá – more than just firecrackers and Fireworks
Valencia. What exactly is a typical Mascletá from Valencia? Days’ worth of work to build a little artwork on the square in front of the city hall, plan everything exactly, just so that everything gets destroyed in 15 minutes, is there more?
Yes – Spanish language students of a language school in Valencia got to experience that in Burjassot. Burjassot is a little community in the region of Valencia and known for its grain silos, which proved to be very important during the Spanish civil war. Those can be visited during the whole week of celebration but the more significant event was the one that took place that day.
Mascletas accompany all celebrations in and around Valencia. Those kinds of fireworks are – of course – much more impressive during the nighttime, but a typical Mascletá is being showed at 2 PM. Just like during the week of celebration in Valencia – las Fallas in March from the first until the 19th, every day at 2 PM in front of the city hall. An unforgettable event with a lot of visitors.
Just like in Valencia the people of Burjassot gathered to get a good spot for the event. The mayor and the municipal council are a part of the event as well. Together with their families they show themselves on the balcony. The language students were all very astonished by the festive dresses of the Spaniards. The Mascletá is more than just firecrackers and fireworks; it is a celebration, a gate to the tradition of the locals and an event for the whole family. Children and adults were watching anxiously while the Mayor lids the string to mark the beginning.
Quickly the noises from the Mascletá were overshadowing all others, the sky was covered in lights and clouds of smoke. An extraordinary picture, which cannot be captures by a camera – you have to experience it. Just like the language students of the Spanish language school Costa de Valencia, who got to experience this cultural celebration. Although the spectacle only lasted 15 minutes the students returned to Valencia with a lot of unique memories.
Since 1995 the language school Costa de Valencia has focused on teaching Spanish to non-native speakers. This language school, which is situated in the heart of Valencia, is a Centro Acreditado of the Instituto Cervantes and a member of many associations.
The teaching material, which is used during the lessons, is worked out by a team of well-versed teachers. One of the most important aspects of teaching in this school is the individual involvement of every single student. This way every student has the possibility to speak very much during the language course. Furthermore, both managers place big value the quality of the language lessons and a broadly diversified leisure programme.
Costa de Valencia, S.L.
Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 66
Tel.: (+34) 96 361 03 67
Fax: (+34) 96 393 60 49
Andreas Teßmer (manager)
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