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Taking the Nativity Scene to another level
20 December 2019 @ 09:50

The Monumental Nativity scene in Xátiva has been declared the largest in Spain. When Christmas arrives, this Valencian city really takes the tradition to another level.

Each year the ‘Monumental Nativity’ grows a little more to show and interpret all the scenes from the Birth of the Messiah. This year it covers an area of 1600m2, it is approximately 70m long and 20m wide.

It is such wonderful creation and even if you are not particularly religious it is still a worthy way to spend the afternoon or the evening. If you have children in the family they are sure to love it. This unique spectacle in Spain has become a tourist attraction of the first order bringing tens of thousands of visitors every year.

However, if you do decide to visit there is some important information about this particular Nativity scene that makes it rather special, and you should know:

• Ecological: Throughout the year, City Council workers collect materials that will later be used to assemble the nativity scene. In addition, some of the tools used are of an ethnological character and are yielded by the locals to build the necessary scenes.

• Live animals: One of the great attractions is that in the scene there are live animals: ducks, geese, bulls, sheep, donkeys and turkeys among others. These animals are under veterinary control that care, at all times, for their welfare.

 

• Solidarity: The fruits and vegetables used and which are usually donated by local businesses are later donated on to charities that work with the needy in the local area. Visitors also throw coins in the fountains and once the event is over, all is collected and allocated to local NGOs.

Falleros Artists: The majority of the figures are life-size and have been elaborated by traditional Fallas artists, making this nativity scene a genuinely Valencian one. At nightfall, the nativity acquires a special magic with bespoke lighting throughout.

If you happen to be in or near Xativa this Christmas, visiting the nativity scene is really a must.

 



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grapow said:
21 December 2019 @ 09:14

Wow! And even without this display, Xativa is a fabulous city to visit especially the castle which is vast and extremely interesting.


noureddine said:
21 December 2019 @ 20:55

salut cv


anthomo16 said:
21 December 2019 @ 20:55

WOW saw the one in Rojales which I thought was amazing, but this is another level ---- fantastic


crostrad said:
21 December 2019 @ 23:56

Ian, best way to spend christmas period is in Xativa. We 've got a house next door in Novelte and most years we arrange to be there to enjoy the Staging of Bethlehem, then the medieval market at new year and then the 3 kings parade. Great to see your article on the Bethlehem staging--sadly we're not able to go this year due to health problems - but lovely to see your pictures anyway.


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