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Birthday parties: bashing the piñata (3rd of 3)

Birthday parties: bashing the piñata

Amos Pollock of Wellington takes a swing at the piñata during his dinosaur-themed fifth birthday in 2012. The Mexican party custom of breaking a piñata – a papier-mâché container filled with sweets and toys – has become more common at New Zealand celebrations for both children and adults. Everyone takes a turn until the piñata breaks – then it is a race to grab the scattered contents.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Birthdays and wedding anniversaries - Birthday rituals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 5 Sep 2013