Piñata Day (Apr. 18)
More than just a party game for kids with candy, when I was looking into piñatas, I was surprised to find out that they have a lot of a has a lot of symbolic meaning. See below.
This is a photo I found on Unsplash.com from Hello I'm Nik, which is exactly what I think of when I think of a piñata. :)
If you're interested in making your own piñatas, here are some links:
Give it a try! We are good at this!
What does a piñata represent?
The original & traditional piñata has seven points symbolizing the seven deadly sins: envy, sloth, gluttony, greed, lust, anger/wrath, and pride. The ten pointed piñata symbolizes the sins that come from breaking the Ten Commandments. The stick which is used to break the pinata represents and symbolizes love.
History of Piñata Day
There’s no way to discuss Piñata day, without discussing the history of the piñata. While the tradition of the piñata is typically thought of as originating in Mexico, the real history of this most entertaining toy and candy delivery system is actually must older. Sometime in the 14th century (that’s before the discovery of the New World by Europeans, in case you’re history deficient) an idea became popular. That idea was filling a container with prizes and smacking the heck out of it until it showered down its delicious and/or fun entrails. Sorry, was that too graphic?
The name piñata is actually a variation of the Italian pignatta, and it was brought to Mesoamerica by the Spanish conquistadors. When they arrived in Mexico, they actually underwent an interesting transformation, becoming deeply entrenched with religious significance. The traditional piñata (rather than those used for parties and such) is actually a sphere with seven points issuing from it, one for each of the seven deadly sins. The attack of the piñata is actually meant to demonstrate the battle of the soul against temptation and evil, with the contents being the rewards of the ever after. Surprisingly deep for a papier-mâché ball of treats and prized, isn’t it?