Dinar de Nadal i ‘CAGA TIO’ el Dissabte 3 de Desembre!

22 Novembre 2011

Dissabte 3 de Desembre de 12-3 pm

Lloc: Hopkirk building als Botanics Gardens del West end de Glasgow. Parada de metro Hillhead. La sala esta ubicada darrera de l’hivernacle més antic.

Vine a compartir amb nosaltres el dinar de Nadal del Centre Català d’Escocia! Muntarem el pessebre, compartirem menjar, torrons i ratafia. Després a l’hora del café arem ‘cagar el Tio’ tot cantant nadales!

Cal portar: Un plat per compartir amb els demés i el que vulguis que et cagui el Tio envolicat i amb el nom. Tambe cal portar gana i ganes de cantar una mica!


Christmas Lunch and  “CAGA TIÓ”

Saturday 3rd December, 12-3pm.
Location: Hopkirk building in the Botanics Gardens, West end of Glasgow. Metro stop Hillhead. The room in located behind the older green house.

Come and joint us in the traditional Christmas Lunch organised by the Scottish Catalan Centre. We will set up the Nativity scene, share lunch, the traditional ‘torrons’ and some ‘ratafia’. After lunch we will ‘cagar el Tio’

Please bring: A plate of food to be shared with everybody and a small present rapped with the name for the ‘Tio’. Here more information about this tradition:

The Tió de Nadal (roughly “Christmas Log”), also known as “Tió” (trunk or log, a big piece of cut wood) or “Tronc” (“log”) and popularly called “Caga tió” (pooping log in English), is a character in Catalan mythology relating to a Christmas tradition widespread in Catalunya.

The form of the tió de Nadal found in many Catalan homes during the holiday season is a hollow log of minimum thirty centimetres length. Recently, the tió has come to stand up on two or four little stick legs with a broad smiling face painted on the higher of the two ends, enhanced by a little red sock hat (a miniature of the traditional Catalan hat, “la barratina”) and often a three-dimensional nose.

One gives the tió a little bit to “eat” and “drink” every night and usually covers him with a little blanket so that he will not be cold at night. He needs to be always warm.

On Christmas day (el dia de Nadal) or, depending on the particular household, on Christmas Eve, one puts the tió partly into the fireplace and orders it to “poop” (the fire part of this tradition is no longer as widespread as it once was, since many modern homes do not have a fireplace). To make him “poop”, one beats him with sticks, while singing various songs of Tió de Nadal.

The tió does not drop larger objects, as those are brought by the Three Wise Men. It does leave candies, nuts and turrons. Depending on the part of Catalonia, it may also give out dried figs. What comes out of the tió is a communal rather than individual gift, shared by everyone present.

After hitting it softly with a stick during the song it is hit harder on the words “caga tió!”. Then somebody puts his hand under the blanket and takes a gift. The gift is opened and then the song begins again.


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