Confetti - a history

Whenever I think of confetti, I think of celebration, happiness and fun. But did you know where the idea of confetti all began?

Hundreds of years ago during Italian carnival days, it was tradition to fling coins and candy pieces at each other as part of the fun. These small candies were known in Italian as confetti.
One smart cookie realized that he could actually profit from this confetti idea and started making fake candy from colored papers...I am thinking it was a huge success.
I personally would not like a shower of candy shot at me from a party popper, so glad that it ended up as small, easy to sweep and infinitely less dangerous paper pieces we have today!

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