Piñatas are awesome

Lurking fun from above.

Lurking fun from above.

You know it’s true. A couple of weeks ago when my friend Beth from Hero Design was in town we cruised through the Strip District here in Pittsburgh. It was at the Latino grocery Reyna Foods where I snapped a few photos of the rad bits of colorful paper shaped into the stuff of childhood dreams. Or nightmares. Or both. A few more photos on my Flickr site as well. 

WTF is this?! Awesome.

WTF is this guy?! Awesome.

Piñatas have a long and debated history, are they Italian, Spanish or Mexican in origin? Ultimately who cares right? One fun new fact that I learned today, (thanks Wikipedia!) is that there are traditionally Christmas piñatas which are 7-pointed stars. Beating them and breaking them symbolizes triumph over the Seven Deadly Sins. And then you get to snack. Niiiiicce.

Lil flock of sleeping piñatas pack a mean fun punch.

Lil flock of sleeping piñatas pack a mean fun punch.

And, thanks to the super talented and cool Sara of Girls Can Tell, ROMG check out the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed Largest Piñata before getting destroyed by a wrecking ball (yes!) in my hometown of Philadelphia: 

World's Largest Piñata

World's largest piñata. Behold its HUGENESS.

Piñatas have always held an intense fascination for me. I love the clashing colors and the handmade aspect of them. They can range from highly conceptualized to rudimentary construction, yet all are meant to be ripped, crushed and destroyed. The first time that I saw one as a kid at a party was mildly mind-shattering, as The Winner is The Destroyer. Proof positive that inspiration can be found anywhere.

7 thoughts on “Piñatas are awesome

  1. YAY!! those really were so cool. Also, those freshly made corn tortillas were the SHIT!! Sooo yummy.

    I had so much fun on the strip with you guys and hearing the “yinz” flower guy try to make us buy flowers EACH time we passed him.

    I hope you guys are gonna be able to come up here in a few weeks!

  2. Morrgan, right? Dang.

    It was soooo great getting to hang out Beth, perfect weekend. I am wearing my Wellies now and have worn my other pair 2x, love ’em. So glad that you two dug The Strip and found good gluten-free stuff too.

    Can’t wait to see you guys in just a couple of weeks. STOKED.

  3. HOLY JESUS! That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I’ve always wanted to break some kind of Guiness World Record but all my ideas are already taken, ha ha! Dang, I guessed biggest pinata is outta the question, I’ll have to brainstorm up something bigger and better!

  4. WOW look at that huge thing, lol. Never saw one that big before. I loved those things at b-day parties when i was little.

    plus, it always makes for a good video on America’s funniest home videos! lol! the kids always hit their dad’s crotch with the bat LOL!

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