Tuesday, November 20, 2012

World's Weirdest Christmas Traditions: " The Caganer " - Catalonia, Spain

The Caganer, or " Crapper" is a funny traditional Christmas character from Catalonia ( Cataluña )

It is believed to have entered the nativity scene by the late 17th- or early 18th-century, during the Baroque period, since at that time was believed that with his fertile depositions the soil of the crib will became rich and productive for the coming year!

It was also believed that he would bring good health and calm to the body and the soul, which is necessary to do the crib with pride and happiness that Christmas brings at home. Putting this jolly little man in the crib used to bring luck and happiness.

In new versions, modern characters are depicted as " caganers ". Here are some of them:

Caganer Albert Einstein

Caganer Spiderman

Caganer Reina Isabel II

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