With the Feast for the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, antigüeños begin putting up their Nacimientos (Nativity Scenes); a tradition that was brought to Guatemala by Santo Hermano Pedro de Betancourt and then spread to the rest of America (the continent).
One important aspect of nacimientos is that baby Jesus should be missing from the scene until his actual birthday on December 25th. In the mean time, the quest of shelter by María and José begins; these celebrations are known in Guatemala as Posadas.
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