"clean and festive, like a pinata"

A piñata is a cardboard and papier-mâché container covered with brightly-coloured tissue paper and containing sweets or small gifts. A piñata is supposed to be broken, often in a game involving blindfolded players hitting a suspended piñata. The piñata probably originates from Mexico, among the Aztecs, Mayans and other native peoples who broke filled pots because the spilling of contents signified abudance or favours from the gods. Some people believed the Spanish conquistadors brought the piñata to Mexico, where it gained in popularity because of their traditions of breaking clay pots.