These adorable Nativity figures were hand-crafted in Barcelona by artist Ma. Aurora Castellano. Thank heavens we went to the Christmas fair over a week ago, or we wouldn’t have known her and discovered her creations! They’re about 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm each. So cute! (Click on the image to see the details on the figurines.)
Do you have a crèche in the house too? Tell us about it! :D
The Fira de Santa Llúcia is not only a place for buying Christmas decorations but it is also a one-stop-shop for those seeking Nativity figures and accessories made with skill and a lot of heart.
The tradition of depicting the birth of Jesus is ingrained in the Catalan culture. Although the first Catalan Nativity was made as early as the 14th century, the crèche with Joseph, Mary and Jesus became popular in Catalonia only two centuries later.
The opening of Barcelona’s Fira de Santa Llúcia in 1786 strengthened the tradition even more.
The pessebre (Nativity crib) in Catalonia and other parts of Spain is a reproduction of Bethlehem. In Spanish, it is called belén, which is also the Spanish name for Bethlehem.
The crib has a pastoral setting: a farmhouse with the manger scene and, around it, different scenes like a woman washing clothes by the river and shepherds herding their sheep.