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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A British explanation: