Living Nativity in Bascara
17th December 2017 - 7th January 2018
Bascara near Figueres
El Pessebre de Bàscara
“El Pessebre de Bàscara” tries to recapture the idea and atmosphere of the nativity scenes that the Catalans used to traditionally create in their homes.
They became popular after the French Revolution of 1789 when churches were closed and Nativity scenes were banned. People started to “bring religion home” by setting up crèches in their own homes, a tradition previously reserved for the rich. The nativity of Bascara replicate the scenes that were once made with clay figures, but with real life people animals and materials.
Described as a ‘living revival of the birth of Jesus within a large space with springs and caves, steep rocky cliffs, unusual vegetation and watered by the waters of the river Fluvià’, there are fragments of the daily life of Palestine from 2000 years ago depicted in Medieval style streets and buildings and enacted by 300 people from the town of Bàscara and its outlying areas.
Even for the non religious these live ‘pessebres’ are a fascinating cultural event that both believers and non believers will enjoy.
This live nativity scene in Bàscara takes place in the town’s old quarter and also on the right bank of the Fluvià river. The series of living tableaux depicting the birth of Christ and the Christmas story is well worth the short journey to Bascara, a pretty and interesting town on the N11 just south of Figueres.