Quinceañera Traditions

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A quinceañera is an event that is celebrated worldwide. The term “quinceañera” means fifteenth years in English. It’s an extravagant birthday bash for a young lady turning the age of fifteen.”Celebrating my quince años meant beginning a life of a new adult. It has also given me much more responsibility for my own actions” (Xochitl Comparan, Victoria, Texas). This event is celebrated differently by many diverse cultures, and as time goes by some of the traditions change. Even though the traditions may alter, the whole point for this eventful activity stays the same. The point for this event is to recognize the young lady’s transition from childhood to womanhood. This is also known as “the coming of age.” On this one day, it’s all about the girl, nothing else matters! Organizing one of these events is a very expensive and lengthy process. It takes a lot of time and dedication. There’s a lot to be incorporated in the huge event; such as planning the ceremony, every decoration detail for the reception, all the traditions that must happen during the day, and most importantly to figure out who will be a part of this ritual.

One of the most important customs in Latin America is a quinceañera. This tradition can date all the way back to 500 B.C. Not only that, but it’s been traced back to Aztec’s culture as well. It’s been said that the quinceañera tradition was supposedly adopted, when the Spanish took over America. Once the tradition was adopted, they put a Catholic Church in to replace the Aztec Temple. As we all know, this event is celebrated all across Latin America, the Caribbean, and is becoming increasingly more popular in the United States too. Like I said this Hispanic tradition has taken root into the United States, many Non...

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...nceañera on the dance floor. Sometimes the quinceañera may even give all guests a gesture to give them their permission to join. This gesture may be an announcement or curtsies towards the people.

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