Piñatas are a traditional part of Mexican parties (fiestas).  A cardboard, clay or paper-mache container is filled with toys and candy and decorated with brightly colored paper.  Although originally thought to be from China, the Spaniards brought the piñata and its tradition to Mexico.  Each participant, usually a child, will have a turn at hitting the piñata, which is hung from above on a string. The participant is blindfolded, given a wooden stick and then spun a number of times. As a participant tries to hit the piñata, another person moves it to make it harder to hit. There is a time limit to any one person's attempts, which is marked out by the singing of a traditional song. You may purchase a piñata or make one out of paper-mache around an inflated balloon.