For any Mexican child, a Piñata is a symbol of joy, reward and fun.
The origin of the Pinata dates back to the pre-Colombian era, where they were broken to honour the gods. Later in history, the Spanish colonizers used them as an allegory in their efforts to evangelize to the native people of the region.
Piñatas are usually made from paper mâché, pottery or cloth and decorated in many different styles with all sorts of materials. Styles, colours and the choice of fillings vary depending on the celebration where a Piñata will be used. Candy, toys and fruits are commonly used for small children’s parties. Money, vouchers and raffle tickets, among other items can be used to fill a Piñata for a more mature party.
At a Mexican party the Piñata is suspended from a rope from a tree or a high area. Children, usually blindfolded, take turns hitting it with a stick until it breaks and the candy falls out onto the ground. A traditional song will be sung by the spectators. For the duration of the song the person in turn hitting the Piñata will have the opportunity to hit and attempt to break the Piñata. When the song that the spectators sing is over, so will the turn of the person trying to break the Piñata will end and the turn will then pass to the next person.
*Photos are for example only!