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The nativity village is situated in the small village of Ghajnsielem in Gozo just 5 minutes on foot from Mgarr Harbour. The animated crib is appropriately called "Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem". It promises to bring the timeless Christmas story to life as never before.
The atmosphere will simply be unique... horses turn mills, villagers go about their jobs, shepherds inhabit caves, animals roam in enclosed spaces and a poor unknown couple tend their newly-born in a grotto. It is worth mentioning that until October of 2008, Ta' Passi was just an abandoned piece of land. During that period, the villagers of Ghajnsielem decided to make an experiment and convert the area into a mini-Bethlehem. It turned out to be such a huge success that in the space of just a few weeks, the nativity village managed to attract tens of thousands.
Each dwelling is inhabited and animated by whole families, to remind everyone that Christmas is a celebration of the family. The tavern offers local food and wine. A picnic area will offer the unique surroundings for a family outing on Sundays while oil lamps will be distributed for those who want to visit Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem by night. Fresh water will be flowing along these structures through a small stream with various water features.
The main attraction is certainly the grotto, with baby Jesus in the caring hands of Mary assisted by Joseph with a donkey and a cow close by. Bethlehem f'Ghajnsielem will also include re-enactments of the ‘trip' from Nazareth to Bethlehem of Joseph and Mary as well as the Adoration of the Magi on the Epiphany (first Sunday after New Year's day) when the three Wise Men will depart on horseback from Malta to Cirkewwa terminal where they will board a ferry in mid-afternoon before making the triumphal entrance to the nativity village.
Venue: Ta` Passi fields, Ghajnsielem, Gozo
For more information:
ghajnsielem.com/bethlehem / ghajnsielem.com/bethlehem/openinghours.html