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Caganer - the Christmas crapper!
Catalan Caganer. Look among the figures in a Christmas “pessebre” nativity scene in Barcelona Catalonia and you will usually find a odd little character called el Caganer. The name literally means " the poo'er" or “the crapper” or "the shitter" - take your pick! This is a strange and unique Catalan Christmas tradition which brings good luck.
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El Caganer is the cheeky figure of Catalan navitivy scenes. The original El Caganer is an elf or gnome-like figurine, who wears the traditional Catalan "barretina" red beret and and has his trousers down, his backside bare and is defecating! Very naughty little fellow! You can buy a Caganer figure in most souvenir shops in the city centre and at the Christmas markets of Barcelona. In recent years the popularity of El Caganer has spread and there are now undreds of caganer figures with new ones being added every year. Guide to Barcelona Christmas
The origins of el crapper are a bit murky, but apparently el Caganer has been dropping his britches to "fertilize the earth" since the middle of the 19th century at least. There are Caganer versions of almost every aspect of life in Catalonia and no-one famous can escape their "Caganer" destiny. There are caganer versions of many famous people from President Obama to Homer Simpson to the Pope. In 2013 the caganer caused controversy again because for the first time ever a caganer of the revered Virgin of Montserrat was made, drawing protests from bishops and many in the general public.
Caganers of Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis and the 2014 soccer world cup mascot.
All Barca players have caganers. Here are FC Barcelona players Puyol, Neymar Jr and Messi. Messi has three versions and look out for the Luis Suarez caganer in 2014
President Putin and President Obama as caganer statues
A caganer version of the castellers human tower builders
The separatist caganer with the independence flag is always a popular caganer. Visit Caganer.com to see the all the 2013 caganer figures. The caganer figurines are all handmade and cost from € 5-20 per figurine depending on size.
Kate and William caganers
Huge caganer that was in the outdoor pessebre nativity scene on Plaza Jaume in Barcelona in 2011
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