A history of the piñata: Workshops in Beitou Elementary school
A history of the piñata workshops
Lecturer: Rodrigo Lopez
Date: 2021/3/8(MON) and 3/12(FRI)
Location: Beitou Elementary School
From March 3rd to 12th, 5 lecturers will give 8 handmade and body workshops at Beitou Elementary school. Today, IMCCI student Rodrigo Lopez conducts a lecture-workshop on the history and making of piñata to 26 students.
Commonly Associated with Mexico and Central America, the tradition of the piñata has its origins in 14th century Italy where a pignatta or container filled with treats was broken. During the conquest and colonization of America Spaniards introduced the piñata to the Indigenous peoples later establishing it as a Christmas tradition where decorated clay pots filled with fruit and sweets would be broken by children as part of the festivities. for this workshop I will discuss the historical bacground of this tradition as well as teach how they are made and if possible invite the assistants to participate of the breaking of a traditional latin american piñata.