Regions and cities organizing nativity scene in Southern Italy. Note : there may be inaccuracies due to changes, postponements or cancelations.
In the Province of Chieti - City of Chieti , January 6
Brecciarola (Chieti locality) December 26 .
Sant'Eusanio del Sangro , december 26 .
Aquila Province - Ortucchio, December 26.
Rovisondoli , every first week of January. As for traditions, playing the part of Jesus will be the town's last born.
Teramo Prov : Cerqueto di Fano Adriano, December 26.
Montenero di Bisaccia in the province of Campobasso, first week of January.
Napoli province :
Torre Annunziata , 27-28-29 December, 2-4-5 .
Salette, S. Antonio Abate, from December 26 to January 8.
Visciano, first week of January
Benevento province :
Morcone hamlet, first week of January.
Casali di Faicchio, 26, 30 December and 7 January
Pietrelcina, last week of December.
Caserta province :
City of Caserta, from December 26 to January 7.
Castelmezzano (Potenza province), December 24.
Matera - In the old city (Sassi) December 27 - 30.
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City of Potenza , December 24 Rionero in Vulture (Potenza province), December 24 Tursi (Matera province ), 27 and 28 December.
In the province of Catanzaro : Sambiase , first week of January.
Cosenza province: Panettieri , first week of January (Calabria's biggest).
Faggiano, december 25, 26, 29, January 1, 2 and 6.
Crispiano, january 2.
Fragagnano, December 26, 30, January 6.
Mottola, december 18 and January 6.
Bisceglie, december 25, 26, January 2 and 6.
Canosa di Puglia, December 26, January 9.
Bari province - Alberobello, last week of December.
Lecce province - Alliste, last week of December, January 1 and 6. Casarano, December 25, 26, first week of January. Castro, December 25, 26, January 1, 6. Cerfignano, lasweek of December, January 1 and 6. Galatone, December 25, 26, January 1 and 6. Gallipoli, December 25, 26, January 1, 6. Gemini, January 25, 26, January 1, 6. Maglie, December 25,26 Dicembre, January 1, 6. Strudà, December 25, 26, January 1, 6, 8. Taurisano, December 15, 26 , January 1, 6. Tricase, December 25, 26, 28, 30, January 1, 3, 6.
Messina province - Castanea delle Furie, from December 25 to January 6.
Santa Lucia del Mela, from December 25 to January 6. Terme Vigliatore, December 25-26 , January 1, 5, 6. Siracusa province : Melilli, December 26 dicembre, January 1, 6.
Enna province : Barrafranca, from December 16 to 25.
Agira, December 24.
Ragusa province : Monterosso Almo, December 26, January 1, 6 and 8.
Trapani province : Custonaci, last week of December and first week of January. .
Cagliari province - Gergei, December 26.
Reality and memory of our traditions but also a testimony to ancient vanished crafts, the cultural background of our lives.
To organize a local nativity is, for the most part, the entire city (or districts) and are usually performed by its inhabitants.
The nativity scene is a Christian tradition consisting of a short theatrical performance that is intended to represent the birth of Jesus in a setting that is built for the setting of the story of the Nativity.
The most suggestive nativity scene is held in Matera, (Sassi, the old city) which according to the Guinness book of world records is Europe's most attended event and the world's biggest.
History's first recorded nativity scene was in Greccio, near Rieti in 1223.
Since then, the tradition spread to the rest of Italy and in other Christian countries.
Today, living nativity scenes are organized in almost all the Western Christian world, not only Catholic, but also by members of other churches. The period in which it is performed is the holiday season. The setting is not necessarily that of the time of the birth of Christ, but, often, the nativity scene is an opportunity to show ancient crafts of the place now threatened with extinction.