MANAGUA – More than 50 replicas of Jesus’ manger are being visited each day by thousands of Nicaraguans and foreign tourists along an avenue in downtown Old Managua ending at Lake Xolotlan, organizers announced Sunday.
The nativity scenes, prepared by the assorted state ministries and other institutions, have been on display since last Sunday along more than a kilometer (0.62 mile) of one of the main streets in northwestern Managua, better known as the “Bolivar a Chavez” Avenue, EFE verified.
In all, 52 nativity scenes have been placed along both sides of the street, each with its own unique theme ranging from the ancient city of Bethlehem to symbolic Nicaraguan cathedrals and scenes from around the Central American country.
Fish of different colors, natural trees, metal structures, water, flowers and huge numbers of Christmas lights are some of the adornments used to recreate the mangers.
Each day, pedestrians or people in vehicles move slowly along the decorated avenue, usually in the evening, amid a National Police presence to provide public security.
“We’re hoping the entire public comes to enjoy the nativity scenes,” Sara Flores, one of the manger decorators, told EFE.
Flores said that the task of arranging each of the nativity scenes was approved by a committee, which also suggested certain final changes and preparations.
The scenes are also being accompanied by musical groups and local choruses singing carols.
The manger scenes have replaced the many altars to the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, Nicaragua’s patron saint, which had been on display along the avenue between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10.
The mangers will remain in place until Jan. 7, 2017, organizers say.