The workshop “Create your Algarve nativity scene”, scheduled for December 2nd, from 15:00 pm to 17:30 pm, former Santa Rita primary school, in Cacela, will teach how to keep this ancient regional tradition alive.
The initiative, promoted by the Cacela Heritage Research and Information Center/Vila Real de Santo António Chamber, is free and designed for families and the general public.
Interested parties will still have to register in advance by contacting 281 952 600
or [email protected].
«In the Algarve, in December, it was customary to set up the nativity scene and the “altarinho” of a popular nature. In the houses, on top of the chest of drawers, raised to the center on steps, the baby Jesus was placed, surrounded by grains, oranges and other fruits, wishes of bread and prosperity for the family. A very old tradition that seems to date back in the Algarve at least to the Middle Ages», describes the CIIP of Cacela.
«In this Workshop, each participant will finish and dress their baby Jesus, create a small altar and sow seeds with wheat in tin cans, so that at home they can set up their Algarve nativity scene, gathering oranges and other fruits from the Algarve», he concluded.