Christmas is approaching. Few days ago, I talked a bit about the Spanish Christmas Lottery, one of the Spanish Christmas traditions. Now, let’s take a look at how Catalans celebrate Christmas.
I took the photo above at the Fira de Santa Llúcia in Barcelona. You can see there are a lot of figures pooping there (:-P). These figures are called Caganer. Traditionally, Caganer is a peasant wearing his barretina (a traditional red Catalan hat), showing his bottom and pooping.
Interestingly, not only the caganer shows us how he poops, but Tió de Nadal as well.
Tió de Nadal is a mythological figure which is basically a log. It is a piece of log with a smiley face and a 3D nose. Also, it comes with two or four legs. Usually, people decorate the Tió with a small barretina and cover it with a blanket so as to keep it warm at night and prevent it from catching a cold. People at home will “feed” it from 8 December (the day of the Immaculate Conception) until Christmas Eve. Then, they put it into the fire to make it “poop”. However, nowadays, it’s more usual for them to “help” it poop by hitting it with a stick repeatedly and singing the song of the Tió. Which type of poo the Tió poops? Well… Haha, it’s very sweet as it poops presents and candies for the kids.
Why do the Caganer and the Tió de Nadal gain so much popularity? It is because they bring everyone luck and it’s always fun to see them while celebrating Christmas! :-D