Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Here are some pictures of piñatas. There are piñatas of all sizes and every character in vogue. In Guatemala they start with a wire structure, then newspaper is used to cover the wire and finally tissue paper. In the US I have been able to buy them at the Mexican stores or panaderías but they don´t have wire as a structure. My guess is that for US standards that is prohibited, so they are shaped with hard cardboard which makes them very hard to break!


1. The piñata is hang on a lasso and another one is tied to it so as to be able to move it back and forth.
2. All kids get in a circle around the piñata.
2. The children will have a turn from the youngest to the oldest.
 The babies come with their parents
3. The younger kids and not blindfolded, the older ones are.
4. The children get twirled how many time their age is, using the following rhyme:
      una a la una
       dos al arroz
        tres al frances
        cuatro al cuarto
        cinco al brinco
        seis al reves
        siete al machete
        ocho al biscocho
        nueve a la nieve
        diez a los pies.
5. The child then hits the piñata (you can determine a number of hits per child). The piñata is being moved while the child tries to hit it. For the ones that are blindfolded people yell directions: right, left, in front, behind!
6. When the candy start falling children start picking it up an that is usually the sign for the other child to stop. This is of course the fun yet up nerving part. That is why in a piñata I went to the use someone chose to have everyone in a line, then at the end she gave equal amount of candy to everyone. That was a lot more civilized yet not fun at all compared to our organized chaos. Other than some scraped knees and kids crying because they didn't get too many candy I have not seen of heard about any accident. I usually have an extra bag of candy that way I can always give more to those that picked few.

Here are pictures of some of our past piñatas.











Roberto Farfán said...

I like this post! most people in Guatemala take it for granted how piñatas are made, but didnt realize the amount of work involved all handcrafted just to be destroyed, we latins are wierd people! but we enjoy it... no?

carynisen said...

Cynthia, just wanted to say that I "stopped" by your blog tonight. I am enjoying reading your entries.

Caryn Schreiner

Nancy said...

Perdón que te comente en español. Me gusta mucho tu blog, tu forma de transmitir esos elementos de la cultura que llevas en los genes... De niña siempre me gustaron las piñatas, y a mis hijas también. En fin, te dejo un fuerte apapacho

Steph said...

Oh wow! Thank you so much for posting this! Now I feel shameful for considering the teeny tiny pinata at our local party store!! I have not seen any big ones around our town. Hmmm...

La Vivi said...

Dear Cinthia, I call you dear because I love your blog. I started reading it last month, and,just the way I got hooked with my sister Nancy's, I am now hooked on your Guatemalan Genes. I have not been to Guatemala in 17 years(yes, shame on me)but you got Guatemala right here infront of me. I can't stop getting my boys to
share this great experience. Thank You.

Lavender Ranger said...

My parents are from Guatemala and I love the Power Rangers, good work on the piñatas. I made a piñata for my niece once, of a Pokemon--Togepi, the egg one.

Mis padres son de Guatemala y me gusta los Power Rangers. Me gusta tus piñatas. Yo hise una piñata para mi sobrina una vez, era de un muñeco de Pokemon que se llama Togepi, el que se parece un huevo.

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