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Tulsa District employees celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month

Kent Dunlap, chief of natural resources and recreation, Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes contact with a pinata, Oct. 7. Tulsa District employees celebrated Hispanic Heritage by taking turns hitting a pinata.
Kent Dunlap, chief of natural resources and recreation, Tulsa District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers makes contact with a pinata, Oct. 7. Tulsa District employees celebrated Hispanic Heritage by taking turns hitting a pinata.

Tulsa District employees recognized National Hispanic Heritage month and releived a little stress near the end of the workday by taking swings at a pinata, Oct. 7.

Pinatas are clay or paper mache animals or caricatures that are filled with sweets. In Mexico, and many other countries, blindfolded children take turns swinging a stick or bat at the pinatas to release the candy or sweets.

National Hispanic Heritage month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and recognizes Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture. The pinata is believed to have originated in China, where paper was invented. The explorer, Marco Polo, is believed to have encountered it in his travels to Asia, and introduced it to Italy, where it came to be called “pignatta” which is Italian for “fragile pot”.

The practice spread to Spain and missionaries introduced it to the Americas.