The origin of the piñata is thought to date back over 700 years ago to Asia. The custom then spread to Spain, the first Sunday in Lent becoming a fiesta called the 'Dance of the Piñata'. The Spanish used a clay container called “la olla”, the Spanish word for pot.
The moral of the piñata: all are justified through faith. Today, the piñata has lost its religious symbolism and most participate in the game solely for fun. Piñatas are especially popular during Las Posadas, traditional processions ringing in the Christmas season and at birthday parties.