Have you ever wondered about the origin of piñatas or the history behind a mariachi band? This week’s blog story will answer some of those questions and provide more insight on Hispanic traditions that trace back hundreds of years.
Piñatas, everyone’s favorite bright colored machete paper ornaments filled with candy are traditionally used at birthday parties and Christmas. Believe it or not, piñatas originate back to 13th century China and are traced to when Marco Polo traveled from Europe to Asia. They became popular in the 16th century when the Spanish brought the tradition over to Mexico. So, the next time you are at a birthday party that has a piñata, remember the rich history it has and perhaps find yourself indulging in a sweet treat as well.
Secondly, the popular music style of Mariachi dates back to 19th century Jalisco, Mexico. Mariachi music can be heard at different occasions such as baptisms, weddings, birthdays and even funerals. This distinctive style of singing, combined with the unique instruments is what makes it so special. If you want to hear mariachi live, then check out ¡Viva el Mariachi! this Friday, Oct. 1 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Clark County Library for a special performance by local middle and high school students.
Lastly, one of the more popular dances in Mexico that you may not be as familiar with is ballet folklórico. This style of dancing was started by choreographer Amalia Hernández in 1952 and has grown, with many variations in Latin America. It is most recognized by the bright colored dresses and mariachi that accompanies these dances. What makes this style of dancing so special is the way the dances tell a story and portray cultural diversity. See this dance in action at the Smith Center on March 23. To purchase tickets and for more information, click HERE.
Next week, our blog will feature different Hispanic restaurants in town. Stay tuned to read and get a taste of the different authentic Hispanic cuisines.