Besides the traditional elements (Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, star, mule and bull, shepherds…) there is one little figure of a squatting man dress in the traditional catalan farmers dress and sporting a red barretina hat. But… his trousers are down and he is pooping! Yes, with a big nice poop lying on the floor under him.
The kids usually hide it somewhere in the nativity (as of course you wouldn’t be pooping in the middle of the way) and make adults find it. It looks like it was originally a sign of good luck because the man is fertilizing the land.
Contributor: Marta Laurent Veciana, owner of foreverbarcelona.com private tours