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A 400-Year-Old Mexican Tradition, Pinatas Are Not Child’s Play

ACOLMAN, Mexico — Maria de Lourdes Ortiz Zacarias swiftly cuts hundreds of strips of newsprint and colored crepe paper needed to make a pinata, soothed by Norteno music on the radio while measuring pieces by feel.

“The measurement is already in my fingers,” Ortiz Zacarias says with a laugh.

She has been doing this since she was a child, in the family-run business alongside her late mother, who learned the craft from her father. Pinatas haven’t been displaced by more modern customs, and her family has been making a living off them into its fourth generation.

Ortiz Zacarias calls it “my legacy, handed details ⇒

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