Coming up once again this year in Melilli, in the eighteenth-century covent and garden of the Capuchin Friars Minor, is the traditional event called "THE LIVING NATIVITY", with the following dates:
Wednesday December 26th, 2018 18,00 (6:00 PM)
Sunday December 30th, 2018, 18:00 (6:00 PM)
Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 18:00 (6:00 PM)
Sunday, January 6th, 2019, 18:00 (6:00 PM)
The idea of meaningful Christmas event that around 150 people currently in palestinian period costume (1st century) can be seen in was born in the '90's to Father Enrico ABRAMO, who in order the keep to the young people of the Franciscan Youth busy, wanted to present to the people of Melilli the first living nativity in history. made in Greccio by Saint Francis of Assisi. The first version of the Living Nativity were made inside the cloister and than, as each years has passed, there has been a steady growth of scenes, costumes, light and music.
The current Living Nativity represents the "sitz im leben", the living environment: arts, crafts, and customs of the time in wich Jesus was born, deliberately avoiding transpositions with later periods or historical mix-ups. The choise of fidelity to the historical time of Jesus was rewarded with the every growing number of visits that last year saw the flood of around 30.000 people to the Living Nativity from all over Sicily and beyond.
P.S. The path has been made fit for use for the handicapped either accompanied in wheelchairs, who have priotity over visitors.