NAPLES, Italy, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The Three Wise Men will have to bring more than their traditional offerings of gold, frankincense and myrrh when they visit Baby Jesus this year: their COVID-19 health pass.
The artisans of Calle San Gregorio Armeno, in the historic center of Naples, Italy, are famous for using art to adapt their nativity scenes to the times in which they live.
“Last year was that of the masks, so the figures of Mary, Joseph and the Three Wise Men wore masks (…) This year it seemed the right thing to continue in this direction,” said craftsman Marco Ferrigno.
The health pass, which shows that someone has received at least one dose of the vaccine, tested negative, or recently recovered from the virus, is a requirement in Italy for travel on much of inter-city transport, as well as for accessing a variety of cultural venues. and leisure.
“As the Three Wise Men have to make a long trip to the manger, I gave everyone their own health pass so they have the proper documents to travel,” said Ferrigno.
Neapolitan nativity scenes became an art form in the Baroque. Many Italian families have a nativity scene on display in their homes at Christmas.
The reaction of tourists to the delivery of passes with a QR code to the Three Wise Men to be able to follow the star without problems was mostly positive.
“We all have a health pass. Why shouldn’t the Three Wise Men have it? They come from far away and cross many countries (…) It is a good message for people. We should all have a health pass,” said tourist Massimiliano Giangrossi.
(Reporting by Ciro De Luca; written by Emily Roe and Angelo Amante; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano)