Mexico is a catholic country and, as expected, Christmas is a major festivity. However, December Celebrations are held over practically the whole month, kicking off on the 16th with the “Posadas”. During this period, Mexican people represent the pilgrimage of Joseph and Mary as they were searching for the best place for baby Jesus’ birth, while they host friends and relatives at home.
During the ritual, which happens repeatedly for 9 days up to Christmas Eve, the hosts receive the guests, who arrive with candles and request to be welcomed as they sing some typical songs. The owners of the houses reply to these requests as they also chant and open their doors. The celebration starts then.
Alongside the worshippers, the famous “piñatas” are the main characters of December Celebrations. They are unusually shaped and made with clay or cardboard. There are many candies and candied fruits fulfilling them and these treats are ready to be shared between friends. The most popular shape is the seven-pointed star, which represents the seven deadly sins.
The piñata is usually hung from above on a string, while all guests, one by one, take turns and try to hit it and break it with a wooden stick. They are blindfolded and take part in hilarious scenes, entertaining all the viewers who watch this tradition. Once the piñata is broken, the candies fall on the floor and all participants fight for them – especially the children, who usually “conquer” the most part of the treats.