The Tradition of Quinceañeras

The Tradition of Quinceañeras

A Quinceañera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl’s coming of age on her 15th birthday. The tradition has become a mix of religious customs and a very big party for friends and family members that include great food, music and dancing. The celebration also highlights the virtues of family, God and social responsibility as the girl moves from childhood to maturity. It’s similar to what you may have seen more than decade ago on MTV with “My Super Sweet 16” parties, but with a Latina twist.

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In the Mexican, Puerto Rican, and other Central and South American traditions, a Quinceañera may be called a Quince Años, quinces, Quinceanero or a Fiesta Rosa. But all celebrations traditionally begin with a religious ceremony (often in a Catholic church), followed by a large reception. One of the highlights is a choreographed dance performed by the birthday girl and her Court of Honor.

The Court is a group of close friends and family, including siblings and cousins. These special people can be young girls, or a combination of girls and boys. The Quinceanera traditionally wears a ball gown, while her Court is dressed in gowns and tuxedos (not too dissimilar from a wedding, although the ball gown can be any color, including bold, bright colors). She may also wear a tiara and carry a cross, Bible, rosary, scepter and/or flowers.

Guests usually receive small favors (call capias) as tokens of appreciate to commemorate the celebration. And since it is a birthday party, guests bring gifts as well. Also, during the reception, guests are invited to offer their congratulations and best wishes with toasts.

Trendy and Traditions

If you ever attend a Quinceañera, except to see a variety of traditions throughout the celebration, plus a few new trends.

  • Changing of the Shoes: During the religious ceremony, the father or a favorite male relative will change the young girl’s flat shoes to high heels. This is a symbol of the transformation from a little girl to a young lady.
  • Kneeling Pillow: This elaborate pillow, which is frequently embroidered with the Quinceanera’s name, is positioned for the young girl to kneel on during the ceremony.
  • Last Doll: This ornate toy symbolizes the end of childhood. The doll can be used as part of the ceremony, as a reception decoration or as keepsake. It can also be passed on to a younger sibling.
  • Traditional Ceremony Gifts: These items are special signs of loyalty and commitment to God, family and the community, and they may be presented to the priest during the ceremony for special blessings. The tiara shows she’s a “princess” before God and the world. The cross, Bible and rosary signify faith in God, while the scepter symbolizes authority and responsibility for her life now that she’s a young woman.

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