National museum will mark end of Christmas season Friday

Museo Ncional photo
This is the historic nativity scene at the museum

Although Christmas was almost a month ago, Costa Rica is still celebrating the last parts of the festivities.

Families will be able to meet at Casa Colonial of the Museo Nacional to honor the newborn baby Jesus at the traditional Rezo del Niño Friday.

Rezo del Niño is a Costa Rican religious festivity that dates back to the 15th century, said the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. Musical selections in the form of prayers are sung for Baby Jesus. The prayers ask for a blessing of the activity.

At the national museum the group “In Excelsis” will provide the musical prayers around a 12-piece portal or nativity scene that includes the Magi as symbols of wealth.

The nativity scene is a piece of history as well, as some pieces are more than 100 years old. Many of the pieces once served as elements of the portal at Hospital San Juan de Dios, said the museum.

The religious event marks the removal of the portal for another year. After the ceremony, participants will be given agua dulce and cake.

The Rezo del Niño will begin at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

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