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Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: Mexico series at SpanishPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential cultural information about Mexico, Mexican Culture, and Mexican People. In this lesson, we’re going to learn about Christmas season traditions. I’m Michael, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 2 - The Nativity Scene
The Nativity scene, or in Spanish "Nacimiento", is a representation of Jesus Christ's birth. They’re always set up prior to Christmas, traditionally on December 8, according to the celebration of the Conception; they stay up until February 2nd, the day of Candlemass.
Under the Mexican tradition, Nativity scenes represent Mary and Joseph with clay figures in a manger or a stable, or "establo", joined by a mule, or "mula", and an ox, or toro. The scene can also include other figures to adore the Christ child, such as shepherds, or "pastores", angels, or "ángeles", and the star of Bethlehem, or "estrella de Belén".
There are Nativity scenes of all shapes and sizes. Some people put up extravagant ones, with cascades, rivers, lakes where ducks swim, shepherds and their flocks of sheep and many other characters who attend to offer gifts to Baby Jesus, including pots, hens, vegetables and fruits. Some of them are mobile, where the figures are moved around from day to day according to what happens in the biblical events; shepherds are moved, and the Three Wise Men, or "Tres Reyes Magos", draw near the manger as the Epiphany draws near.
So listeners, how did you like this lesson? Did you learn anything interesting?
Are Nativity Scenes common in your country?
Leave a comment telling us at SpanishPod101.com! Until next time!

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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Are Nativity Scenes common in your country?

 

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@goo,


Thank you for posting!


This series is especially focused on Mexican culture and Mexico in English. However, please check out our Lesson Library for more options:

https://www.spanishpod101.com/lesson-library/absolute-beginner


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


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Cristiane

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goo
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😄 How about recording it in Spanish also. Good information. And writing it in Spanish.

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Hola Radolph,


Depending which operating system you use.

If you have mac you can press the vocal and wait for a window with accent options to appear.


Suerte,

Carla

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Radolph Browne
Friday at 12:16 pm
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How do you type a Spanish symbol over a letter using an English key board?

example angel = "angel or estrella de Bele'n a" e" ???

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Hola Jerry,


Thank you for sharing!

This is good information for everyone, let's keep the good work!


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Carla

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Jerry
Sunday at 6:32 am
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When slowing the speech for Spanish learners, The English portion does not need to be slowed. The Spanish portion only needs slowing.

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Hola Jeff,


Thank you for your comment!

Please don't hesitate in asking questing regarding the lessons or any spanish doubt you may have.


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Carla

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Jeff
Monday at 1:13 am
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:thumbsup: It is good