Elton John, Princess Leia and Bono honoured as Christmas crappers
The Local · 4 Nov 2015, 14:51
Published: 04 Nov 2015 14:51 GMT+01:00
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A host of politicians, celebrities and famous characters have been immortalized in a centuries old tradition from northeastern Spain.
The caganers or 'crappers' are a popular nativity scene decoration in Catalonia, where a defecating figure perched behind Mary and Joseph is said to symbolize fertilization, as well as bringing luck and prosperity for the year ahead.
The traditional figure is that of a young peasant from Catalonia, sporting a red barretina cap and a pipe.
But this year's new crop of crappers stray far from tradition and include some of Spain's newest political stars, such as the radical new mayors of Barcelona and Madrid, Ada Colau and Manuela Carmena.
Also immortalized in ceramic is British Prime Minister David Cameron and classic literary character Sherlock Holmes, as well as Princess Leia, Elton John and U2's Bono.
Last year's hit crapper was US President Barack Obama. Other top-sellers include the Queen of England and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
One of last years best sellers, Russian President Vladimir Poo-tin. Photo: AFP
If you want to get your hands on a crapper for your own crib they are available online for between €12 and €16, as well as at many Christmas markets throughout Spain.