Important Quinceañera Traditions
For a young woman in Latin American culture, one of the most critical moments in her life is transitioning to womanhood. To celebrate the occasion, friends and family throw her an extravagant 15th birthday party called a quinceanera.
The quinceanera is a religious and social occasion, which includes two main parts: the celebration and reception.
Religious Celebration – The parents and godparents, as well as a court of young men (chambelánes) and women (Damas), accompany the birthday girl as she promises to devote herself to God and the Virgin Mary. Once the priest blesses the Quinceañera, the mass is complete, and the party can begin.
Quinceañera Reception - the reception includes lots of food, music, and dancing. Some common traditions may take place such as:
A father and daughter dance – similar to a wedding, the father and Quinceañera share a special dance.
The waltz – the Quinceañera and her court of Damas (maids of honor) and chambelánes (chamberlains) perform a choreographed ballroom dance routine.
The placement of heeled shoes – The father of the Quinceañera (or close male relative) replaces her flat shoes with heeled ones as a representation of her readiness for womanhood.
The last doll – To show she is leaving her childhood behind, the Quinceañera gives a doll to a younger sibling.
The toast – Typically, the father makes a toast to his daughter (known as the brindis), but other guests may also wish the Quinceañera well with a speech. Some parties also incorporate the cutting of a beautifully decorated tiered cake.
Gifts – to celebrate the Quinceañera’s coming of age, loved ones give her special items including a tiara, cross or medal, bible, and scepter.
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