The tiny Hungarian village Vors has a long tradition that survived even in the years of communist rule: every year its inhabitants build the biggest stage Christmas in the country in their ornate baroque church.
“It is a wonderful tradition, the locals build it, all of them as volunteers”, said the mayor of the village Tamas Deak. “It is a real community effort and everyone does it happily and lovingly,” he said, cutting coniferous twigs for decoration.
Due to the pandemic last year no visitors were allowed, but this year the village near the lake Balaton – population of about 500 inhabitants – expects thousands of tourists to come, despite the increase in infections from COVID-19. There are currently no lock-in measures in Hungary.
The first manger was created in 1948 in the church dating from 1720. It grew every year until it reached its current size about 20 years ago, covering 60 square meters. This makes it one of the largest indoor tents in her manger Of Europe.
The locals originally assembled a large wooden structure as a foundation for rolling hills and valleys that lead to the cave of the Nativity. Then they add tiny figures, sheep, and even a tiny fire.
The “project” differs slightly each year. But one thing is certain: it must be ready for the first Sunday gathering of the Advent season, which this year is this weekend.
For Rita Miklosics it is especially important as her father made the first Manger scene.
“We spent our time here before the holidays,” he told Reuters and added: “We waited with difficulty.”