The Ecuadorian Christmas is full of multiple traditions, celebrated in different parts of the country. In many towns, they follow the tradition of the elaboration of the “Pesebre” or Nativity Scene, and the “Stroll of the Holy Child”.
The first record of the representation of a manger scene dates back to the Christmas Eve of 1223 in Italy. Following this tradition, Ecuadorians incorporate in their elaboration figures and miniatures of everyday objects, indigenous materials such as cane and palm leaves, as well as the use of recycled materials and even traditional clothes of some indigenous populations, taking shine intercultural elements.
Every year, many of the Ecuadorian cities summon their citizens to participate in the Nativity scene elaboration competitions, with the aim of encouraging creativity and maintaining this kind of traditions. Each city establishes its requirements and the place where they will be exhibited, which may include churches, public buildings and parks. These mangers can be very small or can measure 3meters by 2 meters high or occupy the entire facade of a house.
The “Passage of the Traveling Child“, a deep-rooted tradition evidences the syncretism among the Christian rites, together with some of the practices, colors and personalities of the ancestral cultures of the Andean region. This famous Christmas tradition of Ecuador consists of a colorful parade-procession loaded with religiosity and ancestral customs, which transports the image of a Baby Jesus.