Informant: Maria Burguete. 20 years old. Born and raised in Mexico City
Informant: “Mexican parties are very fun. If there is a piñata involved we all sing a specific song while the person hits it with a stick. Once the song is over, the person stops hitting the piñata”
“Dale, dale, dale! no pierdas el tino,
Porque si lo pierdes… pierdes el camino;
Ya le diste una!
ya le diste dos!
ya le diste tres!…y tu tiempo se acabo!!”
“Hit it, hit it, hit it! Don’t loose the aim,
Because if you loose it, you loose the way;
You already hit it once!
You already hit it twice!
You already hit it three! and your time is up!
Collector: “Do you recall when you first heard this song?”
Informant: “No, this song has literally been in my life forever. When I was a baby and I could not hit the piñata, my dad would carry me and everyone would sing it. Over time, this song has stayed with me and everyone I know. It is really part of our culture.”
Thoughts: This song is really important in Mexican culture. Whenever there is a piñata at a party, everyone immediately sings. It really has been engraved in the culture forever. Piñatas are an important part of a celebration in Mexico and although it usually involves kids, adults also partake in the activity.