Since their departure we have been in communications and followed them on their abroad experience. Both students are highly involved here at ISU in the Language Department as Spanish speakers and majoring or minoring in the language. Our recent update from Josh and Emily is their cultural experience in the Fellas Celebration in Spain.
The Falles is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in Valencia, Spain. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencia Community have similar celebrations inspired by the original in Valencia.
Each neighborhood of the city has an organized group of people, the Casal faller, that works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners, usually featuring the famous specialty paella. Each casal faller produces a construction known as a falla which is eventually burnt. Acasal faller is also known as a comissió fallera.
The name of the festival is thus the plural of the Valencian word falla.
(All Pictures By: Emily Cundick)