SANTA FE - In a move that has really angered many parents and pleased others, the senate of the state of New Mexico has just banned piñatas by a vote of 23-19.
For anyone who may not know exactly what piñatas are, they are containers made out of cardboard and paper mâché, decorated with colored paper and filled with candy.
They are popular at children's birthday parties, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and at Saturday night barbecues.
Piñatas are hung up with a rope and kids are blindfolded and they try and hit it with a stick. When they break the piñata the candy spills all over the ground and the kids scramble for it.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The standard 5-second rule is waved in all piñata cases.]
The reason that many citizens of New Mexico wanted the centuries old practice curtailed was because they said that it sends the wrong message. And the message they say is that violence will be rewarded with candy.
Others counter this argument by saying that it teaches kids coordination and dexterity plus it instills upon them the will to fight for what they want.
SIDENOTE: Piñatas are usually made to look like cartoon characters or comic book heroes. Some are also made to look like hated politicians such as Sarah "Snowballs" Palin, George "WMD" Bush, and Dick "The Dick" Cheney.