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“Piñata – ¡dale, dale dale!”

The Piñata is closely associated with the native people of Mexico, who made clay pots in the shape of their gods. The pots were meant to be broken forcefully, so the contents spilled signify abundance or favors from the gods.

At the beginning of the 16th century the Spanish missionaries that went to America cleverly transformed this traditional clay pot into allegories to help them in their efforts to evangelize the native people. They did this by covering the pot with colored paper, and giving it an impressive or evil appearance.

With the time, the original piñata was shaped like a seven-pointed star. The points represented the seven deadly sins, and the bright colors symbolized temptation. The contents represented the blessings of the kingdom of heaven. The blindfold represented faith and the stick represented virtue or the will to overcome sin.

Nowadays, the piñata is a brightly-coloured container often filled with fruits, sweets and toys. It is generally suspended on a rope and is used during celebrations such as Christmas.