The Tenerife Council yesterday inaugurated the traditional nativity scene at the main entrance of the Insular Palace and which can be visited until next January 6, following all the security measures in front of the covid-19 and with limited capacity. The nativity scene, dedicated by its author, Jesús Gil, to the palm trees for the Tajogaite volcano eruptionIt will remain open every day from 09:00 to 15:00 and from 16:00 to 21:30, except on December 24 and 31, when the hours will be from 09:00 to 15:00; and on December 25, January 1 and January 6, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The installation, which occupies 25 square meters, is characterized by its biblical style, also called Hebrew or Palestinian, whose landscapes, characters and belongings reveal the customs that existed in Palestine at the time of the birth of Christ. In it you will be able to appreciate each and every one of the intricacies, corners, stairs, fountain and endless different perspectives of this historical representation of the city.
The inauguration ceremony was attended, in addition to the president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martin, the nativity scene player Jesús Gil and the emeritus technician of the Casa Lercaro History Museum and coordinator of the Nativity scenes of the Cabildo, Juan de la Cruz, as well as representatives of the political groups of the Cabildo. The author of the nativity scene, Jesús Gil, explained that “this year we present a closed nativity scene, with a dullness as a theater, the best way to make the staging as real as possible.” “It is a biblical style portal that aims to reproduce a piece of Palestine as faithfully as possible,” he explained.
Likewise, Gil took the opportunity to “dedicate it to our La Palma brothers because of how bad they are going through, that it be a kind of prayer to heaven so that the situation changes and they can resume their old life.” The emeritus technician of the Casa Lercaro History Museum and coordinator of the Cabildo nativity scenes, Juan de la Cruz Rodríguez, also highlighted the 33 years that the Cabildo has been carrying out the nativity scene and highlighting that during these years “the best nativity scenes have collaborated with this Nativity, helping to preserve our traditions in this way.”
The island president explained that “this nativity scene is the recognition of tradition.” “We want to value everything that takes us to past generations, and it is a good opportunity to do so, with a custom that is part of our culture and tradition,” he said, adding: “With this act we welcome Christmas and We do them with the confidence that next year we will finally have turned the page in this pandemic». “I want the people of Tenerife and Tenerife to enjoy this artistic work, and also the thousands of people who will visit us in the next few days,” added the president of the Cabildo, Pedro Martín.
The work of Jesús Gil and his team allows us to glimpse the quality of this expert nativity scene, who since his childhood has been concerned with improving himself. Jesús Gil is a civil servant, musician and reference in this art, producing during his career several works for churches, associations and public institutions such as the Presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands or the Cabildo of Tenerife. He has been conducting ehe nativity scene of the municipalities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna and El Rosario, as well as the headquarters of Cajasiete.