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Giant donkey piñata in Cancún catches tourism mecca by surprise

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The giant piñata that seems to have been put up overnight is causing quite a stir, but also some confusion. Photo: Courtesy

A giant donkey piñata in Cancún is getting plenty of attention. 

At 46 feet tall, it is one of the largest piñatas ever built. But its exact purpose, or what it means to commemorate, is not clear. 

The piñata can be seen at a roundabout near Cancún’s Centro, where avenidas Uxmal and Tulum converge. 

Given that the piñata was installed in early October, folks in Cancun are speculating it may have something to do with the upcoming Hanal Pixan festivities

On the other hand, the design of the piñata resembles a traditional Burrito Sabanero, which is closely associated with Christmas AND the focus of a popular song narrating the story of Mary and Josephs’s travels to Bethlehem.

Piñatas are central to a number of festivities in México but are most popular during Christmas. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Earlier: The history and significance of the noble Mexican piñata

To add to the confusion, newer generations see in the piñata something entirely different, which is a close resemblance to an emote in the popular video game Fortnite. 

Unlike traditional piñatas, which are made out of paper, this piñata appears to be made out of a plastic-like material. This is almost surely so that it does not simply melt away into a puddle of colorful paper mache during the next big rain. 

Despite its huge size, this piñata in Cancún falls short of breaking the record. This honor goes to Hormel Foods, which in August erected a piñata in the shape of their Corn Nuts treats. Erected in San Antonio, Texas, it measured 20 feet wide, 60 feet long, and 100 feet high.

Despite its record-breaking size, the piñata made by Hormel Foods is not particularly colorful. Photo: Courtesy 
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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