Pinatas are a fun staple of birthday parties in Mexico and many parts of the United States. But are they for birthdays only? In today’s post, we take a closer look at pinatas, including their history, their content, and when you can use them.
What Is a Pinata?
A pinata, or piñata, is a brightly decorated container (often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth) filled with candy that is suspended from a height so that blindfolded participants can take turns trying to break it open by hitting it with a stick.
While there are some traditional pinata shapes (such as donkeys or stars), pinatas can have any shape, and some shops in Mexico have built their fame on their ability to make all types of pinatas, including some depicting celebrities or cartoon characters.
Are Pinatas for Birthdays Only?
While pinatas are a common part of birthday celebrations, they can pop up whenever some communal fun is in order. Pinatas can be used for type of party, including:
- Baby showers
- Gender-reveal parties
- Christmas parties
As you can see, pinatas are extremely versatile, both in their shape and in the type of occasion you can use them for.
But maybe one of the most interesting aspects about pinatas is that they can help turn frustration into something fun.
For example, whenever someone is regarded as a villain in Mexico, you can rest assured that people will start making pinatas in their shape.
Whether it’s a Dutch player who cheats against Mexico in the World Cup (by the way: no era penal), or a mugger who goes viral, pinatas are a way to vent while getting some candy in return — talk about a win-win situation!
What To Put Inside a Pinata?
Again, pinatas are extremely versatile, so you can fill them with almost anything you like. Some common examples include:
- Wrapped cookies
- Small toys
- Stuffed animals
However, you should keep in mind that the items you put in a pinata will fall from above as people rush to get them, so be sure to use prizes that are not particularly hard, sharp, or heavy.
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