The traditional Maltese crib which in recent years has been set up in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, in the Manger Square in Bethlehem and in the Tritons Square in Valletta, has now been inaugurated in Vienna.
The crib, with figures by Gozitan artist Manwel Grech, has been set up in the Christmas Village on the campus of the University in the Austrian capital. This year the crib has been set up in a different configuration from previous years and takes the form of the traditional grotto as set up in many Maltese homes. The structure has been designed by Jennings Falzon and Norman Hill, who worked under the direction of the Culture Directorate.
Culture Minister Owen Bonnici stated that the place where the crib is set up is visited by some 700,000 persons from Austria alone.
The crib was inaugurated in the presence of President George Vella and Mrs Vella.
Malta’s national choir also took part and interpreted traditional Maltese Christmas hymns.
The crib will remain on show in Vienna until 22 December.