Peruvian nativity scene in the spotlight for Christmas 2021 in the Vatican | Your money


LIMA, Peru – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Dec. 10 2021–

The traditional nativity scene created by the Chopcca nation of the Huancavelica region, located in the heart of Peru, is shown in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican from December 10, according to PROMPERU.

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The Peruvian Nativity Scene is displayed in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, Vatican. © PROMPERÚ

For 45 days, enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world will be able to admire this scene, which includes more than 30 figurines made by five expert craftsmen from Huancavelica, using among others fiberglass, ceramics and maguey wood.

“This is an activity of great spiritual transcendence which confirms the good relations with the Vatican State in the context of the 200th anniversary of our independence. This exhibition will also arouse the interest of Peruvian nations. We are convinced that the world will pay more attention to Peruvian cultural heritage and the talent of our artisans, ”said Amora Carbajal, Executive Director of PROMPERU.

One of the main characteristics of this nativity scene is its color, highlighted in the figures decorated with the typical costumes of the Chopcca nation, which were declared Peruvian intangible cultural heritage in 2014 due to their uniqueness, representativeness and their importance within indigenous culture.

Another unique feature of this crib is the way the child is portrayed. Jesus has the appearance of a “Hilipuska” child, wrapped in a typical Huancavelican blanket. Likewise, the gifts of the wise reflect part of Peru’s wealth, its agricultural products, the superfoods that the South American country sells to the world.

Since this is a rural nativity scene, some native Peruvian animals have been included in the depiction, such as llamas, condors, vizcachas, Andean flamingos, and alpacas, among others. The scenography also alludes to the landscapes and architecture of Huancavelican, using typical local materials.

The celebration of Christmas is a tradition deeply rooted in Peruvian art. This religious festival, introduced during the time of the viceroyalty, has been preserved throughout the country’s history in countless forms of representation and iconographic variants, including figurines.

This action is the result of the joint work between the regional government of Huancavelica, the diocese of Huancavelica, the Ministry of External Relations, the Embassy of Peru to the Holy See and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Ministerio de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, MINCETUR).

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