All Vors wants for Christmas is Hungary’s biggest nativity scene

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All Vors wants for Christmas is Hungary’s biggest nativity scene

Every year since 1948, the tiny village of 500 creates one of Europe’s largest nativity scenes

Krisztina Fenyo

The tiny Hungarian village of Vors has a long tradition that survived even communist rule: every year its residents build the country’s largest Christmas nativity scene in their ornate baroque church.

“It is a wonderful tradition. Locals build it, all of them, as volunteers,” village mayor Tamas Deak said. “It is real community effort and everyone does it happily and with love,” he said, cutting conifer sprigs for decoration.

Due to the pandemic last year no visitors were allowed, apart from those taking part in the mass, but this year the village near Lake Balaton, with a population of about 500, expects thousands to come, despite a surge in Covid-19 infections. There are currently no lockdown measures in Hungary...

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