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The Living Nativity of Marcellano

25 December 2018-6 January 2019

In a gentle degradation of hills, on the border between the municipalities of Gualdo Cattaneo and Giano dell’Umbria in the province of Perugia, stands Marcellano.
From December 25 to January 6, the country, transformed into an Umbrian Bethlehem, revives the birth of Christ, according to evangelical stories without the additions of popular imagination. Hundreds of actors, dramatizing some traditional scenes in the streets of the country  (blacksmith and carpenter’s shops, bakeries, weavers, canvasmen, greengrocers, shepherds, priests and publicists), recall the Expectation of the Event,  played in a rebuilt stall outside the walls, where Mary and Joseph stop to spend the night, having failed to shelter anywhere. The comet, walking the sky of this medieval Palestine, marks the way for the Magi who come to worship the Child warmed by a donkey and an ox.


25 December 2018
6 January
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