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The pooper brings good luck

Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 01:37

Catalans get into the Christmas spirit with their traditional ''poopers'' known as Caganers. Sharon Reich reports.

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One could say the Spanish caganer (pronounced ca-ya-ner), also known as the pooper figurine, is trying to steal the scene. The iconic figure of the peasant going number two is getting all the attention in this nativity scene near a Christmas market in the heart of Barcelona. Before you jump to conclusions, it's worth noting that in Catalanian culture, the "caganer" is a symbol that assures good luck in the new year. It represents a way of fertilizing the ground, naturally. Folklore says that the figurine should even be moved around the nativity scene so that no corner is left unfertilized. It's not clear if out of town visitors at the nearby Christmas market get the tradition, but so far they don't seem offended either. SOUNDBITE: Tourist Laura Delauter, saying (English): "It is definitely surprising. Where I am from, the Nativity is very Biblical-oriented and very sacred, so kind of adding the element of fun that this would add - I would love it, maybe my generation would love it - I don't know so much maybe my parents would love it or something a little more rooted in the tradition." SOUNDBITE: Visitor Birgitta Offerman saying (German): "I find the normal figurine unbelievable, but here are politicians and football players. And that is really unbelievable. I find that, if you are a religious person, this seems almost impossible to believe." The caganer comes in different personalities and sizes. So if you're looking for a little luck, you may want to add a pooper to your holiday wish list.

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The pooper brings good luck

Thursday, December 04, 2014 - 01:37