What is a Quinceanera?

Quinceanera PartyQuinceanera is a young Latina woman’ celebration of her fifteenth birthday, which is celebrated in a unique and different way from her other birthdays. The word is also used to refer to the young woman whose 15th birthday is being celebrated (analogous to the word “cumpleañera” for “birthday girl”). The closest equivalents to the Quinceañera in the English-speaking world are the Sweet Sixteen or, in more affluent communities, a debutante ball at the age of eighteen. In some cases, though, the birthday girl has a choice of a quinceanera or a car.La Quinceanera”

The tradition of the quinceanera comes from ancient Mexican society. The origin of the quinceanera can be traced back to the Aztecs about 500 B.C.

QuinceaneraPurpose: Fifteen was the age at which boys became warriors and girls were also presented to the community because they were looked upon as the vital force of the tribe and its future since they had the power to become mothers and to give future warriors to the tribe. The fifteen-year old Aztec girl was exhorted and instructed by the King in the duties of womanhood, and the funeral honors for an Aztec woman who died in childbirth were the some as those for a warrior who fell in battle.

In Mexican society, the quinceanera evolved into a rite of social initiation intended to teach and to reinforce important cultural values.

In modern times a quinceanera is celebrated to acknowledge a young maiden’s passage into womanhood.

The ceremony is a reaffirmation of the baptismal vows made by her parents.

A Quinceanera is a celebration of a girls fifteenth birthday.It is a special occasion because it is when a girl becomes a woman. Hispanic girls all over the world celebrate this occasion. The difference between a Quinceanera and any other birthday party is that it is fancier and you invite more people. The first thing you do is go to church the day of your Quinceanera. You invite your closest relatives like aunts, uncles, parents,godparents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousin, and close friends.

QuinceaneraThe priest talks to you about becoming a woman. Once the spiritual ceremony is over you move on to the social part of the Quinceanera. At this time your many invited guests come to celebrate your becoming a woman. This is where you celebrate by having a band play live music and dance all night.

The Quinceanera will take a lot of time & effort to plan it out. Because of this you should plan it at least a few months ahead of time.First you will need to invite the guests of course, but remember to invite your closest relatives to the church only.This is more of a family event. At the hall of course you can invite all the people you want as long as you can afford to rent the extra tables and chairs. You also have to consider if you can afford the extra food. This brings me to my next topic. What will you serve at the hall?

You might want to ask a few people that have experienced this event on what you should serve. You also have to pick the Chambelanes and Damas. These are the people that will be doing the dances in your Quinceanera with you. You are going to have to pick the dances you, your chambelanes and your damas are going to perform. You will also have to pick the church and hall at which this event will be held. Some other things you will need to do are pick the decorations which your mother can help you with. The type of decorations you will need are flowers, streamers,banners,table cloths, and if you want to, little treats that will be at each table. You will also have to think about what type of music you are going to play. For example, are you going to have a band or are you going to have a DJ? You could always have both, just think about what order you are going to put them in. The most important thing you will need is to pick out your dress. The traditional color has always been pink, but now a days the girls are choosing other colors. Most of these colors are light, but this is your special day so choose the color you like best. Hopefully, this will help you better organize your Quinceanera.

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2 responses to “What is a Quinceanera?”

  1. jazmin says:

    omg…….que lindas!!!! you chickas r sssssooooooo lucky 2 be this linda!!! 🙂

  2. jazmin says:

    como de deberas 🙂 las kiero mucho!!! 🙂

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