- Date: Oct 28, 2023 (Sat.)
- Time: 17:00-20:00
- Location: 2F, No. 18, Sec. 3, Chongqing N. Rd., Datong Dist., Taipei City
|MRT| Approx. 1 min walk from Exit 3, Daqiaotou Station.
關於Piñata 皮納塔 (劈呀打) About Piñata
The tradition of the piñata blends elements from three different cultures: Chinese New Year, European Catholicism, and Native American traditions. Initially, the Chinese New Year custom of “beating the spring ox” to celebrate a bountiful harvest spread to Europe, where it merged with the Catholic tradition of “breaking the seven sins” during the medieval period. Subsequently, this merged tradition was used in the missionary activities during the colonization of Latin America. These customs symbolized people’s anticipation of new beginnings and were celebrated during religious festivals. Simultaneously, Native Americans had similar traditions, where they broke clay figurines filled with treasures during the celebration of the birthday of their war god, symbolizing the god’s generosity and blessings.
However, today’s piñata has evolved beyond religious rituals and has become an indispensable game for celebrating festivals and parties. Clay figurines have been replaced by paper-mache, filled with a variety of delicious candies and snacks. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun of breaking the piñata, and the laughter that ensues when candies and cookies scatter all around is infectious. This tradition allows people to share the joy of the holiday together, making it a unifying and joyful activity.
工作坊內容 Workshop Agenda
- Understanding Piñata Culture(PPT)
- Piñata Crafting
– Each participant will create their own Piñata (approximately 30-50 centimeters long)
– Please note that due to time constraints, we will be using cardboard versions for this workshop.
*The event will be conducted in English, with Chinese translation available.
成品 Finished Product
One Piñata approximately 30x30x30cm in size
(Approximately 30-50 centimeters long. There may be slight variations in each person’s creation based on individual techniques)
講師介紹 Crafting Instructor Introduction
來自哥倫比亞第二大城市麥德林的Jana，是一位手工藝專家。她以她細膩的手藝而聞名，經常被委託來製作生日派對佈置和手工皮納塔。 Jana, hailing from Medellín, the second-largest city in Colombia, is a skilled artisan. She is renowned for her intricate craftsmanship and is frequently commissioned to create birthday party decorations and handmade piñatas.