After living in the Mission District of San Francisco for the last 8 years, I carelessly waited too long to prepare for Día de los Muertos, and now I'm stuck in a small town without a sugar skull to my name. I think I still have time to whip up a batch of pan de muertos, daydreaming about piñatas all the while..
I was never taught that piñatas are a traditional part of the Día de los Muertos celebrations, but I've come across many instances of them being used as part of the festivities. The Chicano and Humanities Arts Council of Colorado incorporates them into their Day of the Dead celebration, as does the Denver branch of CHAC, the Sol Collective in Sacramento, and the Olvera Street Merchants in LA. If you've traditionally celebrated Día de los Muertos, please share your piñata — or lack thereof — experience! Now, on to the beautiful breakables...
- There's plenty of time left in the day to make our own piñatas, right? Of course there is, and this excellent tutorial from Casa Artelexia will get the job done. Also check out the video how-to made by the oh-so-talented Crafty Chica.
- Roberto Benavidez, AKA El Piñatero, made this stunner, El Hipnotizador...
- ..As well as a yellow version!
- Viva La Fiesta made this lovely lady.
- Flickr user Angélica Portales snapped this dancing Catrina piñata in Mexico City a few years ago- it's amazing!
- Rockin' Sugar Skull makes — no big surprise here — great sugar skull piñatas, and these two calaveras are my favorites.
- These little cuties from Pinatarte are more along the lines of what I might actually be able to make tonight. At the other end of the spectrum...
- Corpus Christi, TX is hosting a Día de los Muertos festival, complete with a piñata competition! This impressive entry was created at Kaffie Middle School, under the instruction of Irma Janko.
I wish you and your loved ones a beautiful Día de los Muertos.