Saturday, December 13, 2008

Did you know?

My mate Lil was over yesterday and we showed her the days posting. " did you spot the little man on the toilet" she asked. We were somewhat mystified and asked what the heck she was talking about. Well its seems that every Belen has a little man with his pants down and bum on show. To tell the truth we thought it was wind up, but no Lil insisted it was true. Well of course off we went to see if this was true, it was! He took some spotting, and that's part of the fun, find the man. We stayed for a mulled wine from one of the international stalls set up around the Belen and very nice too.

1 comment:

David said...

The defecating figure, known as el caganer (the crapper) originated in Catalunya, but has since spread to other parts of Spain, so that now almost all belenes include him. I have seen him in Andalucía, Murcia, Valencia, and other places. The figure dates back to at least the eighteenth century and seems to be related to an event that took place near the Monserrat monastery. Another less used figure is that of el pixaner, which translates as "the pisser".