Holiday season in Catalonia would be unimaginable without the Tió de Nadal, a nice character that appears at the beginning of Christmas festivities in every Catalan home. The Tió de Nadal arrives at home on December 8th, during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
On Christmas the Tió de Nadal is taken to the fireplace, where he is beaten with a stick and asked to defecate some little gifts for the children.
While they beat the Tió de Nadal in order to ask for their gifts, the children sing the following song:
Caga torró, avellanes i mató.
Si no cagues bé et daré un cop de bastó.
Although the Tió de Nadal has traditionally delivered candies, nuts and turrons, more recently he has begun to defecate some bigger gifts.
This scatological tradition plays a central role in Christmas celebrations in Catalonia.
If you plan to come to Barcelona by Christmas and you are looking for accommodation, we have a special offer of apartments for groups in the Eixample.
Every reservation for groups of more than seven people has a 5% discount. To apply the discount you must type the code APTEN5 in the Website http://www.barcelonapoint.com/
We also suggest you to take a look at a special apartment placed in the central area of El Raval.
Reservations for groups of more than seven people have a 5% discount. To apply the discount you must type the code BCNPOINT5 in the Website http://www.barcelonapoint.com/