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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Follow The Route of Nativities in Tenerife

From the huge, life-size nativity outside the town hall in La Orotava.

The Nativity, Belén or Nacimiento is the most important of the Christmas decorations in Tenerife, where Christmas still revolves around the birth of Jesus.

There are specialist belenistas (nativity makers), contests and organised routes to go round and see them; private family nativities (some of which open their homes to the public), then there are regular public nativities in squares, such as the life-size nativity outside the town hall in La Orotava, (see above), in the Plaza de Candelaria in Santa Cruz, in shops and malls, such as La Villa in La Orotava, inside the Cabildo (Tenerife Island Corporation) building in Santa Cruz, in town halls, most churches (of course) and, even hotels.

These "Holy Model Villages" full of detail usually reserved for model railways, are fascinating to see and won't be difficult to find, all around the island.

Not every detail is serious mind you, as this and Jack Montgomery explains.

Most of the nativity displays will be available to see from around now, usually until Los Reyes (The Three Kings Day) on January 6th.