Since its roots in Mexican cultura, Piñatas have played an important role in many different celebrations, both religious and non-religious. However, Piñatas are mostly connected to the image of a donkey; but why?
The image of a donkey is connected to the traditional Mexican festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During these celebrations, families gather together for parties at which Mexican food and piñatas are featured. According to the bible, it was a donkey that carried the very pregnant Virgin Mary with Jesus to Bethlehem. Ownership of many donkeys is a sign of God’s blessing. The Bible often specifies whether a person rode donkeys, since this was used to indicate a person’s wealth in much the same way luxury cars do today. Traditional shapes for the piñata include donkeys (for the donkey that carried Mary), fish (symbolizing Christ) and birds (for the birds that sang when Mary appeared to Juan Diego).
Nowadays, Piñatas come in all different shapes and sizes, from the traditional donkey and star shapes, to anything you can imagine, like cars, people, logos, animals and more. At pinatas.com you can let your imagination run free and wild and order a custom made piñata resembling anything you want.
By Diego Garzon.