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Watch: Thousands gather for burning of ninots at Valencia's Fallas festival

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The giant figures burned at the festival are known as ninots
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Rain didn't dampen the spirits or put out the flames at Valencia's annual Fallas festival, as thousands gathered on Tuesday night to watch the burning of 380 giant figures known as ninots.

The annual four-day festival, which commemorates St Joseph, culminates in the "Crema de Fallas" (burning of the fallas).

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The fallas are burnt as the culmination of the festivalReuters

Satire often sets the tone for the ninots, with each neighbourhood in the city spending a year building the ornate monuments – only to set them alight and then begin again.

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Spectators did not let heavy rain dampen their enthusiasmReuters