The Catalan pooing log – Caga tió

Christmas time in Barcelona: the Catalan pooing log A genuinely peculiar figure (seen from outsiders eyes) in Catalan Christmas is el caga tió (the pooing log). This friendly and beloved creature has the extraordinary skill to defecate sweets, chocolates and even sometimes little presents at Christmas time! It’s always a highlight for Catalan children (and … Read more

Caganer Figure

The Caganer figure: the rudest figure in a nativity scene It’s still quite common to set up a nativity scene in Catalan homes. We place the standard figures: baby Jesus in a manger, virgin Mary and Joseph standing next to him, shepherds gathered all together… However, a crucial one (and also my favourite one) is the caganer … Read more

Catalan Human Towers – Castellers

Catalan human towers: a peculiar tradition Each country and region has its own particular, unique and eccentric traditions. The castellers – the Catalan word “castell” literally means “castle” – it’s a truly remarkable one in Catalonia. This cultural event consists of building human towers in several festivals that take place all around Catalonia throughout the year. Since 2010, … Read more