The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Piñata Time

I guess everybody know what a Piñata is, if you don't:
A piñata is a brightly-colored papier-mâché covering either a clay container or cardboard shape. It may have originated in China. Marco Polo discovered the Chinese fashioning figures of cows, oxen or buffaloes, covered with colored paper and adorned with harnesses and trappings. Special colors traditionally greeted the New Year. When the mandarins knocked the figure hard with sticks of various colors, seeds spilled forth. After burning the remains, people gathered the ashes for good luck throughout the year.
Nowadays, piñatas have been adopted in many parts of the world and have become a more common sight at parties and celebrations, especially in Central America and the Southern United States, mostly due to the close influence from Mexican culture.
Piñatas have also been introduced to Europe over the last several decades, although at a much slower pace. India is one of few countries outside of the Americas to have adopted the Mexican tradition of the piñata for cultural celebrations. [Wiki]


New York City and Washington series continue in Sketches of Cities.

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brattcat said...

Truly fascinating, and beautiful!

Kate said...

China may have invented pinatas but Mexicans took it to a new level. They are so colourful and always bring a smile to my face. A pinata on a car is a new one for me!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photography and a good lesson about the history of the pinata.

AB said...

The first shot looks like a jungle in the cty.