Gozitan crib with a difference on display in St George’s Square, Victoria
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A Gozitan crib with a difference, is currently on display in St. George`s Square, Victoria Gozo, organised by the Youth Association within the La Stella Philharmonic Society.
As required by tradition, the crib features the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gozitan scene. However, in this Nativity crib, Our Lady and St. Joseph are dressed in traditional Gozitan costumes.
Another attraction of this crib is the introduction of Gozitan characters that are in their majority synonymous with the city of Victoria.
This year the figurine of Father Gorg Grima from St George’s Parish is depicted – founder of the Gozitan Missionary Movement ‘Jesus in thy Neighbour,’ who passed away in September this year.
His work involved charitable programmes in Kenya, Brazil and Ethiopia. The Movement took the responsibility to care for those children that are orphans or are suffering with AIDS or they have any form of physical or mental disability. All the children supported by the Movement are under twelve years of age.
Several other characters are depicted and in particular, there is one representing the pastern Pope Francis as one of the Tree Kings on display. The characters featuring in this crib are all made by a young Gozitan artist Michael Cutajar Zahra.
The exhibition is taking place at the Radio Station, ‘Lehen il-Belt Victoria’ in St. George’s Square, until the 7th of January. Entrance is free and everyone is invited to visit.
The crib is open every day from 10.00am – noon and 5.00pm – 8.00pm.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri