Gozo Minister congratulates Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem organisers
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The Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo has congratulated the Organising Committee of the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem Nativity Village, on achieving the National Record for the largest live crib, which was presented by Malta Records.
The Committee is led by the Ghajnsielem Local Council with the support and assistance of the Ministry for Gozo and together with the local NGOs and Ghajnsielem Parish.
The Minister said that, “thanks to the weeks of work carried out on this project, this unique attraction draws thousands of people to Gozo to visit the Nativity Village, so that families can experience the story of the birth of Baby Jesus brought to life.”
The Minister also thanked Gozo Channel workers and the members of the Police Force, “who were all committed to provide the best service to those who chose to spend this weekend with their families in Gozo.”
Dr Refalo pointed out that between Friday and Sunday, Gozo Channel carried 54, 050 passengers and 12, 249 vehicles and made 190 journeys in total between the two islands. From Cirkewwa to Mgarr between Friday and Sunday there were 95 trips, with 27, 631 passengers and 6,345 vehicles in total.
Preparations are underway for the ‘Three Kings’ to depart from Tolfa in Italy, where a special programme is underway, including an information campaign on what Gozo has to offer, particularly during the Christmas holidays, with the main attraction featured as Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem.
The nativity village is just a 5 minute walk away from Mgarr Harbour and will be animated on the following days:
Wednesday 1st 2.30pm – 8.00pm
Saturday 4th 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Sunday 5th** 2.00pm – 8.00pm**
Above schedule is not final and is subject to change without notice. Should the weather not permit, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the animation
** The Nativity village will close with the Adoration of the Magi on Epiphany, Sunday, the 5th of January 2013. The ‘Three Kings’ will depart from Tolfa in Italy and make their long journey to Gozo, before making the triumphal entrance to the nativity village late in the afternoon.
Public transportation is encouraged when travelling to Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem. 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 centre and walk down to the entrance. Parking is also available at Ghajnsielem F.C. football grounds.