Definition of Mistura
Mistura consists of small pieces or strips of paper or plastic that are usually thrown at celebrations, especially parades and weddings as a way of showing happiness and enthusiasm.
SYNONYMS FOR Mistura
Mixture (less common)
ORIGIN OF Mistura
The word mistura is a colloquialism from Bolivia used to refer to confetti. It comes from the Latin mistūra, which means mixture. Other Latin American countries where this idiom is used less frequently are Peru and Ecuador.
CURIOSITIES OF Mistura
Since the Middle Ages, it was customary in northern Italy for those participating in carnival parades to throw objects into the crowd, mostly mud balls, eggs, coins or fruit.
Beginning in the late 1800s, the throwing of shredded paper at events such as New Year’s, parades or weddings was documented. It later became popular in the United States, reaching South America, from where the colloquial expression “mistura” originates.
Today, mistura is produced in multiple colors and marketed in a wide variety of shapes. The most popular shape is the star shape. Although during the holiday season, the snowflake confetti or mistura is the most sought after. Most party supply stores carry paper-textured or metallic mistura.