The Breaking of the Piñata

 

     A series of celebrations (previously La Gran Kermes and picnics in honor of Pentecost Sunday, Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day) hosted by the Hispanic community included La Verbena (a country festival) on September 12, 2015 in honor of Independence Days for countries represented in our parish:  September 15 - Guatemala, September 16 - the “cry of independence” Mexico and September 18 – Costa Rica. 

     The breaking of a traditional piñata was enjoyed by all.  One child remembered from a previous celebration that the seven points on the traditional piñata represent the seven deadly sins [avarice, envy, wrath, sloth, gluttony, lust and pride].  Turns are taken as blindfolded batters attempt to break open the piñata within the time period of the singing of the traditional song, releasing the dulces (candies) inside.  Attendees, ready to pounce on the treats once the piñata spills out its contents, scurry wildly to grab the treats.

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