Our next stop in this year's imaginative "christmas journey" takes us to a very special place in Spain.. Barcelona.
In Barcelona the Nativity plays an important role in Christmas Traditions - it is known as the 'Pessebre'. A large amount of Catalan homes include a Nativity scene as part of their Christmas decorations. They can be constructed similarly to a doll's house. Christmas markets such as the Fira de Santa Llucia are filled with stalls selling separate figurines and backgrounds to build the scene. They are of varying elaborateness- some scenes including lights and running water.
The main Nativity Scene in Barcelona can be found in Plaça Sant Jaume, outside the town hall. This is the largest and most impressive Nativity Scene that You would have ever see in Spain. In the weeks leading up to its opening, an area of the square is cordoned off as the elaborate scene is erected. Locals wait with eager anticipation to see what has been created this year.
Throughout the Christmas period there is a stage located at the top of the Cathedral square. From 17:30pm Christmas stories are told by a local theatre company. This is followed by dancing carried out by children in traditional Catalan dress from a dance group known as the Esbart Catalá de Dansaires. This is a very local celebration, so be warned that the commentary for the event which is broadcasted through a loudspeaker will be in Catalan. However, it is still possible to enjoy the visual aspects of the event, the music and the general atmosphere without a knowledge of the language and if you arrive early then you can join in with the dancing..
Feliz Navidad everyone..