Posadas and Pinatas

By Sylvia Martinez

Every year, from December 16th to the 24th, México celebrates Las Posadas.

Las Posadas are a beautiful Catholic tradition. Families and friends gather together every day for 9 days, pray the rosary together, sing together while walking with the Peregrinos (Joseph, Mary, and the Donkey), eat together, and finish by hitting a piñata.

That’s right, long before piñatas were used for birthday parties, they were a essential part of the Posada and had a religious meaning.

The original shape of the Piñata was a star with 7 cones, each cone representing one of the 7 deadly sins: greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath, and lust. Hitting it with eyes covered symbolized Faith and the stick used to hit it symbolized the Virtue.

Today, in most cases piñatas have lost this religious meaning and they are widely used as symbols of fun and happiness at birthday parties. Just ask a child!!

There are a lot of traditional songs we sing while we hit a piñata, I will share two with you. You can see the video of me singing them (yes, I was brave enough to sing on camera) so you can learn the melody. Here are the lyrics:

Dale, dale, dale,
no pierdas el tino
porque si lo pierdes
pierdes el camino.

Y si no le das,
ni un palo te empino
porque tienes cara
de puro pepino.

Second version

Dale, dale, dale,
no pierdas el tino
porque si lo pierdes,
pierdes el camino.

Ya le diste una,
ya le diste dos,
ya le diste tres,
y tu tiempo se acabo,
¡se acabo!

Feliz Navidades!

Sylvia Martinez, a Mexico native who now lives in Southern California, publishes the site, Mama Latina Tips.

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By Contributor on December 16, 2010 · Posted in casa + cultura

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Posted on December 16th, 2010

Tracy says:

Learned something new today! I didn’t know the origin of piñatas is with Las Posadas.

Silvia, I love the video. You’re so beautiful inside and out and it warmed my heart to hear your voice and see your face again… This video is so valuable! I know a lot of people who have forgotten the words to the piñata song, and having the words along with the proper melody will hopefully help people re-learn it so it can be passed on to a new generation.

Dale, dale, dale! :) Abrazos!
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Posted on December 16th, 2010

Marta says:


I especially love the “…tienes cara de puro pepino” part.

Thank you for sharing this gem, my friend!

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Posted on December 17th, 2010

Silvia says:

Hola Tracy, thanks for your words. I miss you my friend!
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Posted on December 17th, 2010

Silvia says:

LOL it’s it great! love that part as well!!
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