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El Apalpador – Christmas Traditions

This Galician Christmas character is a mythical figure, originally from the mountains of O Courel and Os Ancares, typical of Christmas in Galicia. The arrival of the “Apalpador” is expected at this time especially by the small kids.

In this case, the Apalpador or Apalpa Barrigas is a fantastic being, a giant, has a charcoal profession, who for the Christmas holidays went down from the mountain of Lugo to visit the little ones and check if they were well fed, for what he felt their belly and left them as gift hot chestnuts.

They say that this giant lives in the mountains of eastern Galicia and that the night of December 25 he comes down.

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