Caganer statues of the Queen and Prince Charles
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Caganers, the 'squatting' Christmas figures of Catalonia

Every country has its traditions and Spain is no exception - but the north-eastern region of Catalonia has one peculiar Christmas practice.

When it is time to set out the Nativity scene in tens of thousands of homes, a small figure is added alongside those of the baby Jesus and the wise men. The caganer, as it is known, is a small figure depicted in the act of defecation.

Traditionally a young man, nowadays the figure is just as likely to be a celebrity or international politician.

The BBC's Sarah Rainsford went to meet Sergi Alos, who makes the figures in Barcelona.

  • 23 Dec 2010
  • From the section Europe