• This tradition dates back centuries and was initially linked to nature, fertility and the winter solstice.
Traditionally:• The Tió was initially just a trunk of wood that would be burned in the house. The trunk gave cherished presents such as light, heat,etc. In its symbolic form it gives walnuts, torrons, etc, as the tradition has evolved over time. It is now used by girls and boys who receive much more extravagant gifts than when the tradition started.
THE TRADITION TODAYThe Caga Tió takes place on the night of 24December, although it may happen earlier in schools.• You have to start feeding the Tió from 1 Decemberuntil 24 December night each year.• On the evening of 24 December, it is covered with ablanket and a box and while the Tió is being prepared,you have to go and pray. When you have finishedpraying, you have to hit the Tió with a stick and whenyou finish you sing the special song to make the Tióshit out the presents. The types of presents are: :
• Toys• Chocolate and sweets• For children who haven’t good, sweet coalThe Tió placednext to theChirstmas tree
Traditional songCaga tió, tió de Nadal,No caguis arengades que sónmolt saladesCaga torrons que són més bonsSi no cagues torrons ... cop debastó, cop de bastóCop – de – bastó!!!!!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur-DvlVxt7U
The Caga Tió poemHi ha un pila de llenya talladaque ha portat el camióper fer foc a la llar.Amb el tronc més gruixut que hem trobatja tenim preparat el tió.L’hem tapat amb la vella flassadaque cada any ens guarda el fred.Ben arraconadetli hem posat un pot d’aigua,una poma vermella i crostons de pa sec