Caganer - Christmas crapper Barcelona - strange Christmas customs

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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 (shitting) 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  hundreds of caganer figures with new ones being added every year. Guide to Barcelona Christmas

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The origins of el crapper are a bit murky, but apparently the 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 Trump to Homer Simpson to the Pope.

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Donald Trump caganer figure Spain

Among the new caganer figures in 2016 are Donald Trump, the Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and FC Barcelona trainer Luis Enrique. The 'independentista' separatist caganer holding the independence flag is as popular as ever. The caganer figurines are all handmade and cost from € 5-20 per figurine depending on size. Visit Caganer.com to see the new 2016 Caganer figures and the Donald Trump Caganer.


Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump and Le Pen caganers

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You can see all the new caganer figures in 2017 at the Caganer market stall at the Santa Lucia Christmas market at Barcelona Cathedral. 

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Dali, John Lennon, Pablo Picasso and Mick Jagger caganers

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A poo too far? In 2013 the caganer caused controversy because for the first time ever a caganer was made of the revered co-patron saint of Catalonia the blessed Virgin of Montserrat. This drew protests from bishops and many in the general public. 

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Caganers Nelson Mandela and Pope Francis 


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Most of the famous FC Barcelona players have caganers like Puyol, Neymar Jr and Messi. Messi has several versions.

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President Putin, Anonymous and President Obama caganer statues

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Caganer version of the castellers human tower builders

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Visit Caganer.com to see the all the new caganer figures. The caganer figurines are all handmade and cost from € 5-20 per figurine depending on size. 

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Queen Elisabeth and Fidel Castro caganers

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Kate and William caganers

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Huge caganer in the outdoor 2011 pessebre nativity scene on Plaza Jaume in Barcelona

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:59