Bethlehem f’Ghansielem nativity village nears completion
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Chris Said, Parliamentary Secretary for Public Dialogue and Information, visited the works currently being carried out by the Ghajnsielem Local Council on a large living crib spanning 20,000sqm of fields. The stretch of land known locally as ‘Ta’ Passi’ in Ghajnsielem, just a few minutes away from Mgarr Harbour, is slowly being transformed into a large living crib for a unique Christmas atmosphere, where horses turn mills, animals roam in enclosed spaces and villagers go about their daily jobs. The area is bustling with activity as dozens of volunteers from local organisations are working to finish the project in time for the inauguration.
The second edition of the Nativity Village, known as ‘Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem’ opens on December 6th and will remain open until January 3rd.
Until October 2008, ‘Ta’ Passi’ area used to be an abandoned piece of land. The idea to convert it into a mini-Bethlehem changed all that and in December last year, the first edition of the nativity village managed to attract over 60,000 visitors.
The event is being supported by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Public Dialogue and Information together with MTA under the Scheme for Local Councils’ Events.
This year, ‘Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem’ promises several attractions, including the main grotto with actors representing the Holy Family, the carpenter and blacksmith houses, the bakery, a market selling natural fruit, fresh fish and vegetables, a tavern, a local crafts area and a stable hosting animals. Fresh water will be flowing around these structures through a small river.
On entrance, a map will be given to all visitors to enhance the overall experience. The tavern will offer local food and wine. A picnic area will offer the unique surroundings for a family outing on Sundays while oil Lamps will be distributed for those who want to visit ‘Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem’ by night.
The Nativity Village will be animated during weekends, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Visitors can choose either to leave their car at Cirkewwa Terminal and walk up to the crib from Mgarr Harbour or park their car in the Ghajnsielem parish square and walk down to the entrance. Entrance is free of charge.
More information on www.ghajnsielem.com/bethlehem