The living nativity scene from Castell d'Aro

Awarded with the Sant Jordi Cross

Castell d'Aro 13th April 2011.

Subject: Press release.

Yesterday the Government of the Generalitat awarded the Crosses of St George 2011.

The Government awarded the Cross of St George to 29 personalities and 15 entities.

Among the awarded entities, we are, according to the criteria set out in the opinion of the award:

"Castell d'Aro Living Nativity Scene: For the continuity of more than fifty years of a deeply rooted manifestation in the Baix Empordà and very representative of this Christmas tradition. The various Nativity Scenes, through their participatory nature, contribute to the promotion of the old town of Castell d'Aro and the district of La Coma, promote knowledge of traditions and encourage cultural tourism. "

(Press release, from the website gencat.cat)

From the Association of the Living Crib of Castell d'Aro, we want to thank:

To all the collaborators from the first ones in 1959, to the more than 400 who have participated this year 2010. In our City Council, Guardia Urbana, Civil Protection, Red Cross, Merchants of Castell - Platja d'Aro, Patronat de Turisme Girona Costa Brava, Coordinadora Pesebres Vivents de Catalunya, Televisió Costa Brava, Radio Platja d'Aro, Brigada Municipal, and many other people and associations that have given their help to the nativity scene.

To the inhabitants of Castell d'Aro, for their collaboration and patience.

But above all to the owners of the land in the Coma district and the old town of Castell d'Aro, for their help and collaboration over the years.

Without forgetting the figures of Father Gumersind, Father Pere, and Father Agustí Vila.

This award is the effort of a whole village and of many generations, of an illusion shared by all.  Those who live in the village and those who only come for Christmas, to visit us or to participate.

This Nativity Scene began as a small witness, detached from the Midnight Mass. Now it is one of the most important in the Christmas celebrations and in the world of the Living Nativity Scenes in our country.

More than 45 paintings, more than 400 extras and collaborators make it possible.

Thanks to all of you!

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