How big is your manger? Most nativity sets take up some counter space, but the record breaking Christmas scene in Mexico City covers an entire parking lot.
The Mexico City nativity scene has just been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest nativity set. According to MSNBC, the recreation of Jesus’ birth in Mexico cost $2 million to create, covers 215,000 square feet, includes more than 5,000 figures, and recreates 57 biblical passages related to the birth of Jesus.
According to Fox News, the nativity scene has set two Guinness World records. It is the largest one in the world and it contains the most figures. The scene was created in the parking lot of the giant Azteca stadium and is bigger than four football fields.
Mayor Marcelo Ebrard who unveiled the giant nativity last week, said that the project was created with the help of engineers, historians, and architects over the course of 70 days.
The majority of Mexico’s population celebrates Christmas. According to MSNBC, more than 80 percent of people in Mexico identify themselves as Catholics, with another 9 percent saying that they are a variation of Protestant Christians. Christianity isn’t the official religion of Mexico but Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter are national holidays.
Organizers expect more than a million people to come visit the world’s largest Nativity set which will be open from now until January 15th.
Do you have a nativity set in your home? Would you like to see the world’s largest recreation of Jesus’ birth?