The Natives of
Mexico would make clay pots in the shapes of their gods. They would
then break the pots with sticks and what came out were the
"presents" from the gods.
Aztecs would fill the pots with bead ornaments, colorful painted
stones, nuts and berries. It was the Mayans who developed it into a
game as they covered a player's eyes before hitting the piņata with
Now days, piņatas are used during
holidays and birthdays, but the symbology remains. The piņata
itself represents hope as it is placed high above the player's
The stick represents
righteousness that will conquer over the
evil/bad. The goodies that are inside the piņata are the rewards
for those that believe.
Onekama Spanish Students enjoyed
the creative process, especially hitting the piņata with a stick and
seeking their reward.