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Fira de Santa Llúcia, the Christmas market in Barcelona

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A couple of weeks ago, the start of street lighting began the Christmas season and one of the Christmas emblems of Barcelona is the Fira de Santa Llúcia. It is one of the oldest markets in the city and is already mentioned in the writings of Rafael Amat, baron of Maldà, from 1786.

When I was little, every year my parents took me to see the decoration of the English Court of Plaza Catalunya, which was always different and had animatronics singing and dancing. For me it was a unique time of the year, because I had never seen anything like it. Our walk through the center continued down the Portal del Ángel until we reached the Cathedral square, where the Fira de Santa Llúcia. Since then, every year I have maintained that tradition. Now we are not going to see the decoration of the English Court, because currently there is nothing special, but we do visit the Fira de Santa Llúcia.

The fair is divided into four sectors. One is that of births and figurines. In this part you can buy accessories to mount a nativity scene: figures, Christmas lights and landscape accessories such as caves or rivers. You can also buy Christmas decoration for the whole house.

Another area of ​​the fira It is called green and vegetation, where you can buy natural or artificial trees, mistletoe, cork, moss and uncles. He uncle It is a Catalan tradition that consists of a trunk with a smiling face and barretina that is placed at home with a blanket on top, so that it does not go cold, and it is fed the days before Christmas, day in which it is made to “poop” presents. On Christmas day, mainly children, they sing a song while tapping uncle With a stick. The song varies greatly by region, but more or less says: «Caga uncle, caga turró, if not et daré et daré cop de bastó» (shit uncle, shit nougat, if not, I will hit you with the cane). Faced with such a threat, the poor trunk ends up magically drawing a gift from under the blanket.

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