At Dulce Mex on 325 E Lake St, the proud craft of making handmade piñatas passed from Grandma to Mom to son, “where kids birthday party dreams come true”! All size pinatas are available, from small ones for apartments to 6’ tall ones, from Dora the Explorer to Spider-Man, and the traditional seven point cones, which represent the seven deadly sins: greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust. In the 16th century, Spanish missionaries appropriated Atzec and Mayan games of hitting a clay pot suspended by a string for religious instruction. The blindfolded participant represented faith, the leading force in defying evil. The piñata symbolized ‘Esperanza’, Hope, as people looked toward the sky yearning for the prize. The stick for breaking the piñata symbolized virtue, as only good can overcome evil. Once broken, the candies represented the reward for keeping faith and charity as everyone shared the gifts.