In the town of Roda de Ter there has always been a deep-rooted interest in tradition.
If you went back to a very distant past, long before the makers of pessebres (Nativity Scenes) formed a group within our community, you would see the desire in almost all the homes of Roda de Ter to have a pessebre at Christmas time. Small pessebres, devoid of all professionalism or artistic planning, were rising like a well brimming with dreams, from a childhood curious about what happened in the stable in Bethlehem.
Over the years, however, the naïvety of those pessebres would take on the form and dimensions of positive creativity, leading gradually to the discovery of new tendencies of quite rich and remarkable artistic sensibility. And that is how, from simple things, beautiful creations were born, brought to life through the knowledge and ingenuity of the people.
Those humble pessebres of the early twentieth century, and the competitions encouraged by the local newspaper, “Ressò”, and later continued by the Roda Ramblers Association with the excellent participation of entrants of all ages, were interrupted by the Civil War (1936-9).
When that sad period was over, many community activities began again, and the first of these were the pessebres. That dream took flight again year after year.
So a small group of people formed, held together by a wealth of enthusiasm and excitement, and at Christmas 1975 they staged the first exhibition of dioramas in a building that could hardly afford shelter from the elements. The people of Roda turned up there excitedly to visit the attractive plaster pessebres and terracotta figures that speak to us of Christmas.