Piñata

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I had never heard of a Piñata when I moved to the USA. My manager was going out to buy one for a friend, I asked him what it was. He was gobsmacked that I didn’t know. How could I have lived a truly fulfilled life without knowing what a Piñata is? He explained that it was a colourful paper container, often shaped like a donkey, that is hung from a tree branch and people beat it with baseball bats until the sweeties it contains fall out.

wendy: so it essentially rewards people for being violent to something that looks like an animal?

manager:  yeeeeaarrh (he’s Texan)

wendy: Americans are strange people

Piñata
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7 bits of lovely banter on “Piñata”

  1. dinahmow writes:

    hahaha! Right on the button. (Actually, I’ve made pinata for parties and never thought of the animal /violence angle.Probably because mine didn’t look much like donkeys!)

    Um… why is your word ver. “******” ? [word removed by wendy to align with ‘play nicely’ rule 7]

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  2. ExpatEgghead writes:

    Yes. They are.

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  3. Kay G. writes:

    Okay, you MUST make sure that everyone is FAR AWAY from the person swinging the bat to hit the pinata.
    Don’t ask me how I know this!

    (And I could be wrong, but I think the idea came from Mexico.)

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  4. Pearl writes:

    Actually I believe we can blame the Mexicans. 🙂 But yes, Americans are a bit crazy.

    It’s the isolation you know. 🙂

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  5. Lufbra writes:

    Sounds like a management game

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  6. Indigo Roth writes:

    Hey Wendy! I never understood this, but I think all the symbolism falls away because it’s something that is simply colourful, harmless and exciting for kids. And full of sweets. Still, yes; they are odd. Indigo

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  7. ExpatEgghead writes:

    Ahh.. I always wondered if the colourful festival in Villanueva de la Vera, Spain made it across the Atlantic. I saw it once and beating the hell out of a paper donkey is preferable to the real thing.

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