Category Archives: Festivals

Christmas 2014

Hey! I’ve made a short video entitled ‘Christmas Special’. You can see a lot of places in Barcelona where ‘Christmas is the word’… Don’t forget to LIKE the post on Facebook and on YouTube to share the festive joy

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGymRpAgaI

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Keep calm and “poop”!

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.

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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

New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year my friends!!!

How’re you all doing? I’m sure you’ve had a fantastic first day of 2014 and perhaps you’re still enjoying the last day of your holiday. What a shock that my brother had to go to school today and he’ll sit for his exams tomorrow! (Luckily, my second semester will only commence until next week… :p)

I’m curious to know the different ways to celebrate New Year around the world (: In Hong Kong, almost every New Year’s Eve, we’ll gather along Victoria Harbour or go up to Victoria Peak to see the fireworks after having dinner with our families (at home or in a restaurant). After that, we’ll go to bars and have fun or go right back home.

In Spain, Spanish also have dinner with their families before going out. However, there’re two traditions that are very interesting about New Year’s Eve. They’ll wear new, red underwear because it will bring them good luck. This is the same when it comes to Lunar New Year, Chinese also put up such underwear for luck.

Besides, there’s a Spanish tradition called The Twelve Grapes. People will eat them one by one with each ring of the bell at midnight. This tradition started in The Gate of the Sun in Madrid (right image) where we can see the government clock tower of the Casa de Correos. Usually, these people will go for parties afterwards till the next morning. That’s why it’s a norm that they’ll have breakfast of hot chocolate and fried pastry (left image) together.

Photo: Victoria Harbour (1 Jan 2014)

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Mid-Autumn Festival

Today is Mid-Autumn Festival, a Chinese festival traditionally when people celebrate the harvest and reunite with their families. It’s also known as the Moon Festival since we can see a full moon according to Chinese (Lunar) calendar. It’s very beautiful!

Nowadays in Hong Kong, the Festival represents a day when all family members reunite. Usually, after dinner, people would love to go to an open-area or a park to eat mooncakes and to see the moon. Normally, a mooncake is made of lotus seed paste and preserved salted eggs, which is very tasty. Moreover, kids loves traditional lanterns or the cartoon ones. Also, there are a lot of giant lanterns exhibited in some parks. We can always take a lot of photos and spend a night with our families happily and peacefully.

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

13th September

13th September – Friday the 13th (one of the Black Friday in this year) – represents a day with bad luck in Western culture. It is a suspicious day similar to “Tuesday the 13th” in the Spanish-speaking countries.

However, you need not worry about that… 13th September is also known as the International Chocolate Day (I’m sorry… This is only for today, not for other Black Friday :p), it’s the birth of a British writer, Roald Dahl. One of his children’s books named “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is very famous all around the world. Therefore, let’s eat some chocolate to thank Mr Dahl for this wonderful bed-time story! Yum! :D