The art of piñatas

Piñatas in Mexico City
English 13/12/2018 12:14 EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales Mexico City Actualizada 17:03
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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

The spikes represent the 7 deadly sins - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

Prices at the market range from MXN $25 to MXN $650 - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

Piñatas are a must during the posadas, which are celebrated throughout December - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

Piñatas are said to come from China, but Aztecs had a similar tradition - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

Aztecs decorated clay pots and filled them with precious stones in homage to the god Huitzilopochtli - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

Piñatas have become a source of income for thousands of families in Mexico - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

The process to make a piñata can last hours or days - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

Support the local economy and purchase piñatas at markets - Photo: Sofia Danis/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

Each year, artisans create new models and trends - Photo: Gretel Morales/EL UNIVERSAL in English

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Piñatas in Mexico City

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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