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Nativity scene made of snow unveiled in High Tatras on Epiphany

COTTAGER Peter Petras, 68, along with his son unveiled a Bethlehem nativity scene made of snow at Rainer’s Cottage in the High Tatra mountains on the feast of Epiphany (January 6), the TASR newswire reported.

COTTAGER Peter Petras, 68, along with his son unveiled a Bethlehem nativity scene made of snow at Rainer’s Cottage in the High Tatra mountains on the feast of Epiphany (January 6), the TASR newswire reported.

According to Petras, they have been somewhat late with the nativity scene, which is also smaller than in previous years, as snow was scarce even in the mountains until after Christmas.

Hundreds of tourists attended the ceremonial unveiling of the nativity scene at the stroke of noon of Epiphany, which is a national holiday in Slovakia.

Petras noted that the nativity scene this year is a “result of compromise”, as it is only four metres wide and around three metres high.

“Given the small amount of snow, it is not so much about the number of shovelfuls of snow that we have brought here, but it is more about the number of kilometres we have walked with shovels in our hands,” Petras said, as quoted by TASR.

At the first glance, the snow figure of Saint Joseph in the nativity scene seems to resemble Petras himself. He claims that he did not have such an intention while creating it.

“People tend to think that any sculpture I make with a moustache should portray me,” Petras said, smiling.

A female tourist from Bratislava who attended the ceremony told TASR that she visits it every year with her husband, and this time they also brought along their grandchildren.

“We came from Bratislava just to see the snow nativity scene and support Mr Petras,” she said.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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