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The art of creating Piñatas

By Juan Miret

Although some point to China as the inventor of the piñata, there is no doubt that the Spanish conquistadores brought with them a tradition that is always present at birthdays and the Christmas parties known as “posadas.”

Piñatas make up part of our Latinx culture and tradition; that’s how we celebrate.


Creating them is an art that is passed down from generation to generation, turning paper and cardboard into a star or an animated character.


The time it takes to make a piñata depends on the type, and style.

Did you know …

The traditional piñata with seven points has been linked to Catholic traditions, suggesting that this kind represents the seven deadly sins, and breaking it symbolizes the destruction of evil and the triumph of good.

During the Spanish colonial period, piñatas were made of clay, shaped like a pot and covered with colored paper, and they were usually filled with fruit.

The Museum of Folk Art of Mexico, located in the historic center of Mexico City, offers regular workshops about making piñatas.

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