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The San Javier City Council reduces the Christmas lighting by 75 percent and renounces the installation of the municipal nativity scenes and the Three Kings parades (11/11/2020)

| The health crisis and the reduction in spending motivate the reinvention of the Christmas program that is transferred to the internet with the creation of the web portal "Christmas in San Javier" | The San Javier City Council will drastically reduce spending on the Christmas campaign that is reinvented so as not to renounce the symbolism of the holidays and is transferred to the internet through social networks and a Christmas web portal.

The Councilor for Culture, David Martínez announced today a reduction of 75 percent in the cost of Christmas lighting and the decision not to install the "Nativity Scene of Spain" in San Javier and the "Sea Nativity Scene" in Santiago de la Ribera, " for both economic and health issues ", which also require the re-invention of the Kings parades, to avoid crowds of the public. David Martínez, who was accompanied by the councilors of Finance and Commerce, Héctor Verdú; from Fiestas, Isidoro Miñano and from Public Services, María Dolores Ruiz, explained that the modification of the San Javier Christmas program is motivated by the current health situation and the economic consequences that derive from it.

In this sense, he explained that open-air nativity scenes could put the public at risk in the event of crowds, as well as the Friends of the Bethlehem Association and municipal workers who are currently in charge of other essential tasks and who were in charge of building the nativity scenes.


Instead, it has been decided to symbolically install two giant nativity scenes, one in the Barnuevo esplanade and the other in the Plaza de España. The Christmas campaign, advanced today by David Martínez, dispenses with group activities, "but does not renounce the emotional part of Christmas in a municipality that is a Christmas benchmark." The Three Wise Men will disembark as always, but without an audience, in Santiago de la Ribera, although on this occasion, their passage through the municipality can be seen on social networks, on Channel 1 Mar Menor-Torre Pacheco and the web portal "Navidad in San Javier ", where there will also be a mailbox for children to send their letters that will be answered by the Three Wise Men. The web portal "Christmas in San Javier" will collect all the information and images of Christmas in the municipality, including the Christmas proclamation and the exhibition "Mysteries of the Nativity Scene in Spain", which will host the temple of San Francisco Javier with the sculptural groups most significant of the San Javier Nativity Scene, recently restored by the San Javier City Council.

There will also be contests such as Christmas cards aimed at schools, or Christmas decoration of balconies, which is held for the first time and encourages families to fill the streets of the municipality with Christmas.

The Department of Commerce works with merchants in a Christmas campaign and the Department of Parks and Gardens is also studying their contribution to maintaining the children's illusion for Christmas.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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