From Sunday December 17th to Thursday February 15th.
As is the custom in Provence and in the Comtat Venaissin, Christmas crèches are displayed in the churches to celebrate the Nativity
The crèche was created in Italy in the 13th century, to celebrate the birth of Christ. The original Crèche scene showed the baby Jesus with the Holy Family and the ox and ass, around the manger where the baby lay. Over time, other figures were added, and in the 19th century in Provence, countless santons - little saints - were added to represent the different inhabitants of the Provencal villages, such as the miller, shepherd, drummer (tambourinaïre), wood carrier, fisherman, farmer, knife-sharpener (rémoulaïre), the village simpleton (lou Ravi), all gathered, with the Mistral wind blowing, around Mary, Joseph and the three Kings.
The churches in the centre of Avignon display their crèches :
- December 17th - Februar 15th : Basilica of Saint-Pierre.