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History of Pinatas

Pinatas have been used all around the world for hundreds of years to celebrate special occasions, mainly kid birthday parties. Although breaking a pinata at children's birthdays is very much a tradition among Hispanics, this fun kid party game has spread throughout the entire United States.

The tradition of breaking a pinata originated in Europe in ancient times. It was a simple painted clay pot decorated with colorful paper and filled with candy and coins. Today pinatas are made of paper Mache.

The traditional Mexican star-shaped pinata was part of early Christmas Mexican celebrations representing the Star of Bethlehem that guided worshippers to baby Jesus.

Today the pinata has come to replace the game of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" as kids favorite party game. Nowadays it is even used as a party decoration: it makes a great centerpiece! Pull string pinatas, a gentler version of this popular party activity, have been invented to allow toddlers enjoy the game as much as older kids do.

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