The origin of the nativity scene

The idea of depicting the birth of Jesus in the nativity scene came about in 1223, with Saint Francis of Assisi. Over the years, the idea spread throughout the world

Christmas is a time when the streets, shops and malls are most beautiful, thanks to Christmas decorations. Even homes are decorated. This happens in Brazil and dozens of other countries. One of the main symbols of Christmas is the nativity scene. According to some historians, the first nativity scene was created by Saint Francis of Assisi, for Christmas in 1223. He set up a makeshift nativity scene in the Italian town of Greccio, in order to show people what the birth of Jesus was like. Over the years, the custom of nativity scenes spread to churches and monasteries around Europe during the Middle Ages.

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Anyone can set up their own nativity scene. The basic scenario is a stable. The figures represent the baby Jesus in a manger, Mary and Joseph, a cow and a donkey, and the traditional Star of Bethlehem. A lot of nativity scenes include other animals, angels, shepherds, and the three wise men. The city of Naples, in Italy, is famous for producing some of the finest handmade nativity scenes in the world.

Voice – Aasita Muralikrishna


1 nativity scene – presépio
2 to depict – descrever
3 to spread – espalhar
4 mall – shopping center
5 makeshift – aqui = improvisado
6 custom – hábito / costume
7 stable – estábulo
8 manger – manjedoura
9 donkey – burro
10 Bethlehem – Belém
11 shepherd – ovelha
12 three wise men – três reis magos
13 handmade – artesanal

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