Fiestas are a big part of most Mexican holidays. A fiesta generally
starts at 8 or 9 in the evening, and goes late into the night. People of
all ages attend the fiesta. There are three things a fiesta almost
always includes: food, a pi–ata and dancing.
The best fiestas have a life mariachi band playing for the guests to dance to. A mariachi band typically has a violin, vihuela, guitar, trumpet, and occasionally a harp.
The pi–atas are ussually in the shape of a donkey, star or chili pepper. They are filled with candy and other treats, and the children hit it until the goodies are spilled onto the floor.