The Barcelona Fiera de Santa Llucia has been in operation since 1786 and features 300 stalls selling an assortment of gifts and handmade decorations for the home. The festival is also a celebration of some rather strange Catalan Christmas traditions. Much like the markets in Bologna, there are parades and huge cribs built to celebrate the Christmas story. In Barcelona, the scene also features a bizarre character called the caganer or ‘crapper’, who squats with trousers around his ankles. Many celebrities have been used as the base for the caganer and miniature caganer figures can be bought from many of the stalls. There are also stalls selling traditional Catalan instruments such as the simbombe tambourine.
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