When it comes to celebrations there is always a showpiece that no festivity can do without. And in Mexico it’s la piñata, a container made from papier-mâché, decorated and filled with sweets and then broken as part of a ceremony.
Chantal, our web editor from Guatemala says: “Not only in Mexico, in most of Central America and now spreading into the US as well, la piñata features in about every celebration – from el Día de los Muertos to birthdays to graduation ceremonies. My first piñata was a huge donkey-size Dalmatian from the 101 Dalmatians cartoon. As this piñata was bigger than me it was a little difficult to whack it! La piñata was always the highlight of the party, especially for the kids when the sweets came raining down.”
Ever tried making and whacking a piñata? Now here is your chance. Chantal has created a step-by-step-guide to making a simple, traditional (no Dalmatians here) piñata.
There is a video and transcript here (for preparatory activities see previous post). Why not work through it with students in class and encourage them to make a piñata at home during half-term? They can always refer back to the blog and the video if they get stuck.
As an extra incentive to you and your students we are running a competition! The 3 best piñatas win a prize – a giant poster “Spanish food around the clock”.
So, for one of these fantastic colourful posters to make their way into your classroom all you have to do is get your students to make piñatas during their holidays, take a picture of the piñata-making, finished piñata or piñata-whacking and send it to us by 8th of November. ¡Buena suerte!