A piņata is usually a lovely bright container generally suspended on a rope from a tree branch or ceiling that is filled with candy and toys and is used during celebrations. A succession of blindfolded, stick-wielding children and some fun-loving adults will try to break the piņata in order to collect the candy (traditionally fruit, such as sugarcane) inside of it. It has been used for hundreds of years to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas.
The exact origin of the piņata party game is disputed, but many agree it originated in Europe in ancient times. Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece have all claimed its origin. Legend has it that it started simply as a painted clay pot decorated with colourful paper and filled with candy treats and coins.
There are many creative ideas for using a piņata, such as for a birthday party, a holiday celebration, or just as a toy. Today, piņatas are not only popular for use as kids birthday party games, but they also serve as festive party decorations, baby shower centrepieces and many other interesting uses.