Mexico: The History of the Piñata

A piñata is a hit party decoration that’s covered in colorful crepe paper. The classic piñata is the shape of a donkey, but they also come in tons of cartoon and other awesome colorful shapes. They’re a staple at birthday celebrations and are filled with small toys and candy. Piñatas are thought to have come from Mexico, but they actually have a lot of international roots, stemming from the Far East.

Photo Courtesy of: Renato Ganzona

Photo Courtesy of: Renato Ganzona

History of the Piñata

The earliest known piñata dates back to the 13th century when Marco Polo found one in the Orient. The traditional Mandarin way of ringing in the New Year involved a small animal tribute made out of craft material.

Marco Polo brought these small animal shapes back to Italy and piñatas became entwined with Catholic religious holidays.

The tradition of piñatas spread from Italy to Spain then across the Atlantic to the New World. They were introduced to Mexico where they became a popular staple of festive outdoor events.

The Aztecs also popularized piñatas by using them to honor their god Huitzilopochtli. A clay pot of offering was hung on a stick with bright colored feathers and then cracked open in ceremony. Once the items fell on the ground, this meant the gods had accepted the offering.

Piñatas are struck with a stick while the player is wearing a blindfold. This tradition spread from the Ancient Maya who used to play the game using a blindfold.

Piñatas are a great traditional game in Mexico with a rich history. Do you love pinatas?


Source: Footprints in Mexico


AB circleBy Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique food and travel blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and LinkedIn.


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