The big what?!

Benitachell cel­e­brates 'La Gran Cagá' ('the big s**t') fol­lowed by drink­ing choco­late for ev­ery­one

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Jo Pugh jpugh@cb­

AF­TER the ex­cite­ment of the Volta a la Co­mu­nidad Va­len­cia cy­cle race de­part­ing from the vil­lage last Fri­day, Benitachell fol­lowed the event up with a week­end full of ac­tiv­i­ties and cel­e­bra­tions.

To the amuse­ment of many, one of the cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day was called the “Gran Cagà”. For those not in the know, gran cagá trans­lates to - how do we say this po­litely - a big num­ber two.

It was in fact a com­mu­nity event, with in­flat­a­bles and games for chil­dren, fol­lowed by a group meal.

It was held among many other events dur­ing the week­end, which in­cluded the bless­ing of the an­i­mals and the fes­ti­val of San Blas, where tra­di­tional choco­late dips with far­tons (sim­i­lar to iced buns) were dis­trib­uted to vis­i­tors.

On Sun­day, lunch was of- fered to all at­ten­dees, be­fore most of the pop­u­la­tion ap­peared with their pets to join in a pa­rade and then have them blessed. Dogs, cats, tur­tles, rab­bits and many other kinds of an­i­mals re­ceived the bless­ing, and their own­ers re­ceived a scroll to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The party ended at the mar­ket square, where the bless­ing of the pets took place.

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