Guatemalan Nativity Scene for Christmas Eve

Rudy Giron: AntiguaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Guatemalan Nativity Scene

Guatemalans begin putting up their Nacimientos (Nativity Scenes) around December 15; 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 is missing from the scene since his actual birthday is on December 25th; well until midnight of the 24th of December to be correct, we call it Noche Buena (Christmas Eve). The days prior to Christmas Eve are for the quest for shelter by Marí­a and José (Mary and Joseph); these celebrations are known in Guatemala as Posadas.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Era!

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