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The art of piñatas
Piñatas at the Mercado de Jamaica in Mexico City - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

The art of piñatas

13/12/2018
12:14
EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales
Mexico City
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Piñatas are said to have originated in China, then they were taken to Italy and Europe, and became especially popular Spain

Piñatas are a must during Christmas and holidays, and even birthdays! They are said to have originated in China, then they were taken to Italy and Europe, and became especially popular Spain

Then, when missionaries were trying to convert indigenous people into Catholicism, they used piñatas to attract them. Nevertheless, Aztecs had a similar tradition, where they placed clay pots filled precious stones and decorated with colorful feathers, as an offering to Huitzilopochtli

Now, piñatas are filled with candy, fruit, and even toys and broken during the traditional posadas or during birthday parties. 

At the Mercado de Jamaica in Mexico City, you can find piñatas from MXN $25 to MXN $650 depending on the size.

Piñatas have become one of the most beloved traditions in Mexico as it brings joy to any occasion but it's also a business that generates an income for thousands of families, for example, Mrs. Cirila Bautista told EL UNIVERSAL in English that she has been making piñatas for over 30 years, so visit the market and support the local economy!
 

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