The article here on the town hall website explains that the 2017 Belén is now available for viewing in El Ejido.
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The Bethlehem Municipal is inaugurated with more figures, guided speech, ambient lighting and new distribution of the tickets
The mayor, Francisco Góngora, participated this afternoon in his opening in the Patio de Luces and his blessing by the parish priest of the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Juan José Martínez Tur
The format is inspired by the Napolitano style, on an exhibition space of 250 m², where more than 500 figures, 11 passages and various daily scenes of the life of yesteryear are distributed in the Judean region
Góngora recalled that "this birth has become a benchmark in the province, which is part of the liturgy of Christmas, with its careful biblical scenes, images and recreation itself"
The Patio de Luces of the Town Hall of El Ejido hosts the Monumental Nativity Scene of the Napolitano style that can be visited today and until next January 7th. This afternoon we proceeded to the opening and blessing of the Birth by the parish priest of the Church of Santo Domingo de Guzman, Juan José Martínez Tur, with the presence of the mayor of El Ejido, Francisco Góngora, along with several members of the government team . Similarly, an explanatory tour of the Bethlehem has been carried out which, as the councilor has indicated, "has become a benchmark in the province of Almeria with more than 25,000 visits every year".
A recreation that, as Góngora has pointed out, "is part of the liturgy of Christmas, with its careful biblical landscapes, images and recreation itself, the work of municipal technicians and artisans, Miguel Ramírez and Alberto González".
The composition has an area of 120 m² and a height of 60 cm for the visitor to see more comfortably, all in an exhibition space of more than 250 m². It has about 500 clay figurines of 22 cms and a spectacular scenography that simulates the houses and surroundings of the time. This year 20 figures of very expressive and realistic children have been incorporated. One part will appear recreating the games of yesteryear and the rest, performing tasks of that time. In the same way, a change in tonality has been incorporated, both in the houses and in the field, gaining in more vivid colors, with an increase in the green tone of the fields and accentuating the painting of most of the constructions.
The technician and artisan, Miguel Ramírez, has detailed that "the Bethlehem has innovations in the distribution of the different passages and scenes, since each Christmas is different so as not to tire the visiting public. The format is inspired by the Bethlehem Napolitano, where a total of 11 passages and diverse daily scenes of the life of yesteryear are distributed in the region of Judea ". The montage, which is represented in a U shape, includes the scenes of the 'Annunciation to Mary', the 'Annunciation of the Angel to the Shepherds',' Pidiendo Posada ', the' Empadronamiento ', the' Reyes Magos', the ' Birth ', the' Presence in the Temple ', the' Flight to Egypt 'and the' Holy Family '.
The councilor has encouraged the public to "go to the hall of the City Hall at different times to appreciate all the details and enjoy the lighting that will be led, offering a more realistic show to the changes from day to night. Without forgetting the guided locutions, which make it more interesting and educational for the viewer ".
Finally, Góngora has referred to the words of Pope Francis in his Christmas homily of 2016 in which he invited "let us go into the true Christmas with the shepherds, bringing to Jesus what we are, so in Jesus we will savor the true spirit of these dates and the beauty of being loved by God. Let's stay before the manger with Mary and Joseph, before Jesus who is born as bread for our lives. "
The Bethlehem can be visited on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. the holidays, 6, 8, 24, 25 and 31 of December and 6 of January, of 11.00 to 14.00 hours and of 17.00 to 19.00 hours.