Thursday, December 22, 2011

El portal de Belen en Plaza St. Jaume - The nativity scene

El Portal de Belen, The Nativity scene is a central part of Spanish Christmas and Barcelona has it's own big Portal del Belen every year, on plaza St. Jaume. It's a traditional thing one must see, and the queues to "get in" are looong. I went on a Sunday afternoon and the queue was about 200 meters long ...

But it moved quickly, so I got to see it and take some pictures.





And then...of course, as in every nativity scene, in the "outskirts" of "Betlehem", there he is.
El Caganer
...  Big and graphic!

5 comments:

  1. These are lovely. Thanks for sharing what Christmas is like in Spain.

    Merry Christmas!

    Reese
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  2. Så fine bilder :-)
    Å gå inn på bloggen din gjør meg alltid glad <3

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  3. The poop thing is so random.

    I love looking at your pictures because there's just such a grandeur and tradition to everything. I have to imagine most of these traditions are a hundred years old, at least. In Arizona, you'll be lucky to find a Christmas tradition that's been around for at least 20 years.

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  4. How cool! What a difference from the States....I've never seen anything like that here!

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  5. Shopgirl, thanks and Merry Christmas to you too!

    Mette, så utroolig koselig å høre!

    Carolyn, yeah that pooping guy is really random... It's true what you say, there is so much history and tradition to these things and it's pretty amazing to experience it!

    Sarah, I would love to experience Christmas in the States!

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