Tiny Hong Kong villages create one of the biggest nativity scenes in Europe

Tiny Hong Kong villages create one of the biggest nativity scenes in Europe ...

- The village of Vors has a long tradition that survived even Communist rule - the village's kings have built every year the country's largest Christmas nativity scene in its ornate baroque church.

"It is a magnificent tradition, locals build it," said the mayor of the village, Tamas Deak. "This is a very effective community effort and everyone does it happily and with love", he said.

The village near Lake Balaton population - about 500 - is expecting more than a thousand yen despite the growing numbers of COVID-19 infections. There is no lockdown policy in Hungary.

After a time of a century, the first nativity scene was created in 1948 by a church dating from 1720. It grew each year into its present size about 20 years ago, covering 60 square meters, making it a European nativity scene.

Locals first assemble large wooden structures that are necessary for rolling hills and valleys leading towards a cave of the nativity, or for a miniature figure, sheep and even a tiny bonfire.

The display's changing each year very quickly. But one thing is constant: it should be ready for the first Sunday mass of the Advent period this year, which is this weekend.

For Rita Miklosics, her father built the first nativity scene, so it is special.

"We were occupied in our time here before the holidays," she said. "We can hardly wait."

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