Our hooman googles -- 'looks things up' -- 'researches.' Anyhoo, she wanted to know the 'history' of Pinatas. She discovered Pinatas might have originated in China & were taken to Italy by Marco Polo when he travelled there in the 13th Century. Figures of animals such as cows, oxen or buffaloes were covered with colored paper & ribbons for the Chinese New Year & filled with seeds. The seeds were burned & the ashes were gathered for good luck throughout that year. Who knew?