PinataOne of the most common traditions associated with Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican pinata. A pinata is a paper mache type container filled with toys, candy and other fun treats. The pinata is usually hung from up high, and then hit with a bat by a blindfolded person until it explodes with goodness.

Although heavily associated with Mexico, the pinata originates in early China where it was used to celebrate New Years. It is very similar to an Aztec tradition, and the two appeared to have merged. In modern times the pinata has lost most of it’s religious symbolism and is now a fun party item.

Many Cinco de Mayo celebrations will have a pinata, so put on a blindfold, grab a bat, and help that candy break lose!

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