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LA Voz promotes Piñata workshop

LA Voz brought the tradition of piñata to the UT students, promoting a workshop in March. 

You have probably seen a movie or video of a blind folded kid braking a colorful container full of candies and chocolates in a birthday party. This is a piñata, a popular tradition in Latin America and also common in United States.

A piñata is often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; decorated and filled with small toys or candy. It can also have a shape of a character, but the general rule is being the more colorful as possible.

LA Voz brought this tradition to UT students, promoting a piñata workshop in March. The participants leant from the beginning how to build their own piñata and in the end of the event they could take their creation to home. It was a fun evening, with snacks and cheerful people. In the opportunity LA Voz also raffled a dinner for two people in Carlina’s, as an initiative to raise money for the Batavienrace.

History

The idea of breaking a container filled with treats came to Europe in the 14th century, where the name, from the Italian pignatta, was introduced. The Spanish brought the European tradition to Mexico, although there were similar traditions in Mesoamerica, such as the Aztecs' honoring the birthday of the god Huitzilopochtli in mid December. According to local records, the Mexican piñata tradition began in the town of Acolman, just north of Mexico City, where piñatas were introduced for catechism purposes as well as to co-opt the Huitzilopochtli ceremony. Today, the piñata is still part of Mexican culture, the cultures of other countries in Latin America, as well as the United States, but it has mostly lost its religious character.