Did you know pinatas came from China?

Here I thought piñatas were just a candy-filled toy for birthday parties.

¡G.O.A.L. y Amigos!, the College’s Latino student organization, hosted a Piñata Party yesterday afternoon, and it started with some education. You think you know piñatas? You do not, my friend!


The candy-filled cone started out as part of the piñata, representing one of the seven deadly sins. The students are G.O.A.L members. From left: Gustavo Figueroa, a visual communications student; Indira Lucero-Palma, an exploratory student; and Candy Lucero, G.O.A.L. president and nursing student.

Candy Lucero, G.O.A.L. president, and Brayan Castillo, G.O.A.L. vice president, gave the piñata lowdown: For one, piñatas originated in China. Marco Polo brought them back to Spain, and the Spanish took them to Central and South America, where they were used as a tool to convert the native people to Christianity.

A traditional piñata is round with seven cones on the surface. Each cone represents one of the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, wrath, gluttony, lust, sloth, or greed. Before someone can try to break open the piñata with a bat, which represents the Bible, she is blindfolded–which represents faith in God–and spun around three times–because the devil is a trickster. While the poor blindfolded soul tries to whack away at a piñata she can’t see, everyone can “help” by shouting, “To the right!” or “To the left!” But they might be lying–because that’s what the devil does.

The Piñata Party was part of G.O.A.L.’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

After the piñata broke, the Piñata Party turned into a dance party. Click on the photos to zoom and for caption info.

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