Theme of Teatro Nacional nativity scene remains a secret

So far, the Teatro Nacional portal remains a mystery. This was the scene Tuesday as workmen put together what could be considered a portal designed by someone like famed modern architect I.M. Pie. A.M. Costa Rica/Kayla Pearson

Construction for this year’s portal at Teatro Nacional is already under way, and the anticipation is building for the unveiling of the mystery nativity scene.

To find out, vistors will have to wait until the inauguration Saturday at 5 p.m. The event will be coupled with the theater’s chorus singing carols.  Another ceremony will be Sunday at 6 p.m., and the carolers will return for a final performance Monday at 5 p.m.

In addition to the portal, the theater will host a program called “Everyday Psalms.” Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. in Sala Principal.

Each year the theater staffers adopt a new theme for the portal. One year the scene was in a rainforest, another year, the structure depicting the birthplace of Jesus was in the desert. This year, as always, workers and theater officials decline to talk about what the scene might be.

Throughout the country, the various museums and cultural centers have many events planed to celebrate the Christmas season.

The Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer in San Ramón, Alajuela, will host a cooking workshop beginning today with a Christmas cake presentation at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  The event continues Dec. 5 with a session on bocas and cocktails at the same times.  It concludes Dec. 12 with Christmas dinner recipes at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Price for this event is 5,000 colons and registration is open.

Aside from cooking, the cultural center will have a workshop centered around portal building from Friday to Dec. 8.  This project has been one the center has sponsored for 15 years.

Patrons will use modeling clay and waste material to construct their own nativity scenes. The workshop costs 15,000 colons and is held Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Awards for the best portals will be given Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. More information can be found by calling 2447-2178.

The Museo Nacional is inviting persons to partake in a Christmas festival next Wednesday which will include the blessing of the portal there, as well as music, theater, workshops, food and crafts.

It is “a day of activities, alluding to Christmas, seeking to awaken the smile of children, youth and adults,” a release said.

The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the portal blessing at 12:30 p.m..

Not to be outdone with celebrations, Desamparados will hold an end of the year festival Dec. 14 in Parque La Libertad.  It will include a children’s play, tango and hip-hop dance and popular music.

The next day, Dec. 15, is when the Festival de la Luz takes place in San José. Estimates are that as many as a million persons view the parade from the city streets, not counting those who watch on television.  There will be floats, marching bands and other attractions.

The Cultural Historical Museum Juan Santamaría will have a show entitled “Stories and songs of the Nativity” performed by the Armony musical institute at 8 p.m. Dec. 16.   Entrance is 2,500 colons.

Finally, the annual Zapote bull fights will begin Christmas day.  Those who want to view the show have until Jan. 6, which is the day of the final fight.

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