VIDEO: Where do Piñatas Originate From?

It’s almost piñata season in Mexico! 

During Christmas and las posadas, Mexico’s streets are typically filled with colorful star-shaped piñatas.

One of Mexico’s most recognized cultural symbols, the piñata traditionally features seven cones representing the seven deadly sins: gluttony, lust, greed, sorrow, wrath, sloth, anger, and pride.

While the stick used to break the piñata represents love destroying these sins, the reward that pours out of the piñata (which is typically a mixture of different candies) symbolizes a new beginning and forgiveness.

To learn more about the history of piñatas and what it’s like for a family in Mexico City to own and operate a piñata shop, watch the video below.

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Mexican-American journalist, former national news producer, and graduate of Boston College and Columbia University School of Journalism. Her mission is to shed more light on the beauty and traditions of Mexican culture. This website is dedicated to her grandmothers, Tita Susana and Tita Lupita, who taught her to be proud of her heritage and to always remember where her ancestors came from.

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