It being Christmas and all, we thought of putting up a little special feature and show how Christmas is spent in Colombia through the lens of a Singaporean. Enjoy!
Throughout the 1980’s, Medellin was known as the drug capital of the world. Fast forward twenty years later and the city was recently awarded the World’s Most Innovative City. This does not come as a surprise due to the annual Christmas Lights show in this beautiful city nestled between the highlands.
Not to be surpassed, the capital city of Bogota houses the World’s Biggest Navity Scene (El Pesebre mas grande del mundo) complete with costumed actors and actresses acting out biblical scenes.
In homes however, Colombians utilise figurines instead (like a little lego land) for their nativity scene
Amazing right? and the best thing is, it was all made from scratch. Materials are bought a month before Christmas. The base is made of paper mache and painted over in natural colour hues. Individual items such as houses, figurines and cookery pots are bought from craft shops which are delicately placed. Lights are placed in certain locations to illuminate the entire structure. More importantly, it takes a lot of planning and manoeuvring to finish the nativity scene by Christmas eve.
So the next time you are in Colombia, don’t miss out on the Christmas scene here! Merry Christmas all!