Surprising Catalán Christmas tradition: El caganer: the shitter

El caganer; the shitter or crapper in the nativity scene.Cortesy of Arun Rao

El caganer; the shitter or crapper in the nativity scene.
Courtesy of Arun Rao

The nativity scene is one of the most ingrained traditions in the Spanish culture. The scene is displayed in churches, homes and department stores.

Catalan Nativity figure: El caganer: the shitter 

The caganer is one of the most celebrated and important figures in the nativity scene. Caganer translates to the shitter. A figurine taking a dump. Whatever you might think, it has a profound meaning. It dates back to the XVIII century and it actually symbolized the fertilizing of the land and is a symbol of prosperity and good luck.

The caganer used to be a figure mainly dressed in the traditional catalán attire: white shirt, red beret and black sash. However, the tradition has evolved with the times and now political figurines are being made and have them taking a dump too!

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