In a statement, the organisers added that this year's edition will be dedicated to missing children and will feature, at the inauguration, the presence of Filomena Teixeira, the mother of Rui Pedro, the young man who disappeared from Lousada 23 years ago.

"The objective of this initiative is to encourage the population and the media to reflect on all the children who have been reported missing and spread a message of hope and solidarity on an international level to parents and other families who are experiencing this problem", says a statement.

The initiative also intends to make the authorities reflect on prevention and on the strategies to be implemented, in collaboration with the entities responsible for Education, Justice and Security.

Since its first edition in 2006, the live nativity scene in Priscos covers a space of 30,000 square meters as a stage, with more than 90 sets and 600 extras.

The constructions are made by the parishioners of the village of Priscos, with the help of inmates from the Prisional Establishment of Braga.

The nativity scene can be visited on Sunday, 12 December, as well as on the 19th and 26th, and in January on the 2nd, 8th and 9th.

Live nativity scene - Photos CM Braga