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Do you already know what is the meaning of the piñata of the posadas?

25 mayo, 2021

I do not want gold, nor do I want silver: what I want is to break the piñata. Hearing this little song typical of the posadas, we know that the funniest moment of the night has arrived.

And it is that without piñata, there is no inn! This fun tradition is the favorite of young and old who, with skill and strength, seek to break the precious pot to take away the most sweets.

However, behind this tradition there is a valuable meaning that has transcended over the years. We invite you to discover it and share it with your friends.

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History of the piñata

The culture and traditions of Mexico are the result of many other customs brought from far away places, and among them is the piñata.

This is of Chinese origin, and they were used to celebrate their new year. It is presumed that it was the explorer Marco Polo who brought this tradition to Italy and later it passed to Spain.

Surprisingly, the conquerors discovered that the Aztecs had a very similar tradition honoring the god Huitzilopochtli, so the friars took advantage of the piñata tradition to evangelize the new lands.

The tradition of the piñata officially began in the town of Acolman, in the State of Mexico, through the Augustinian friars, along with the famous “Christmas bonus masses”, which later became known as posadas.

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Meaning of its elements

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“Hit it, hit it, hit it, don’t lose your mind” is the traditional little song to break the piñata.

The Franciscans did not hesitate to take advantage of the resources they had so that the natives could understand the gospel, in addition to the dangers of sin and the graces and gifts that God grants. Therefore, they gave the elements of the piñata these meanings:

  • Colors: they are very striking, as are the temptations.
  • Shape: piñatas are very attractive artistic elaborations, which represent the vanity and deceptions of the world.
  • The spikes: the traditional piñatas have 7 spikes (some carry more, others less). These represent the 7 deadly sins: pride, envy, anger, laziness, greed, gluttony and lust.
  • Blindfold: represents the blind faith we have in God.
  • Stick: it is the force of virtue that destroys lies and sin.
  • Sweets: they are the graces granted by God when overcoming sin, prizes for devotion and perseverance.

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