After the combined birthday celebration of Aaliyah and Enrique at Chuck E Cheese, we went over to their grandparents’ house to take a swing at the Peppa the Pig Piñatas that were purchased for the birthday girl and boy. Peppa Pig is a British animated television series. Aaliyah had a “Peppa the Pig” Piñata and Enrique had Peppa’s brother, “George”, as his piñata. This was not my first time at a Mexican party, so I had seen these kids demolish a piñata before. This was, however, Eli’s first time, and we loved how he was included in the festivities.
In South Africa, we don’t have anything like this, and although I had heard of pinatas before, I didn’t know much about them. A piñata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; it is decorated, and filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico. Piñatas are used for birthday parties, Christmas and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. All the kids take a turn to hit the piñata with a wooden stick while everyone else sings a Spanish jingle. When the jingle ends, it is the next child’s turn. They start with the birthday kid first and then move onto the youngest child, so after Aaliyah and Enrique, Eli was up next. Justin held him, and the stick, and helped him take a swing.
Watching from the sidelines.
When all the youngest kids had taken a few turns, the oldest boy was allowed to finish Peppa the Peg off. He had at it about six times, while it was swung high, and pretty wildly, from the tree. Eventually the piñata ripped open and candy flew everywhere…
The kids all ran to the fallen candy to swoop it up and fill their bags. Eli crawled over too. Justin and I helped him fill a bag.
Most of the candy I had never seen before, but Justin was familiar with it since he has been friends with Enrique (Enrique senior, not 4 year old Enrique) since he was 8 years old. Two of the most popular ones seemed to be the “Salsagheti” – on the left – (a cool, refreshing treat which packs some heat. Watermelon and hot tamarind combine to make a mouth-dazzling treat) and “Rebanaditas” – on the right – (a hard candy lollipop made of watermelon flavour, covered with chilli powder).