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What Happens at a Quinceanera?

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Selecting the Gown and the Court The Quinceanera is a traditional rite of passage to womanhood for 15-year-old Latina girls. First, the young woman, also called the Quinceanera, selects her court and her gown. She will select up to seven sisters, cou

What Happens at a Quinceanera?

Selecting the Gown and the Court

The Quinceanera is a traditional rite of passage to womanhood for 15-year-old Latina girls. First, the young woman, also called the Quinceanera, selects her court and her gown. She will select up to seven sisters, cousins or close friends to be her damas, or maids of honour, or she can select the same number of brothers and other males in her life to serve as chamberlains. The young woman will wear an elaborate full-length ball gown while her court will wear gowns and tuxedos. Other accessories that may be a part of the celebration include a tiara, sceptre, shoes, a last doll, flower bouquet and ceremony pillows.

The Religious Ceremony

The Quinceanera commences with a special thanksgiving mass, which acknowledges her friends and family and introduces her as an adult member of the congregation. With her parents and godparents (padrinos) in attendance, the Quinceanera is seated at the foot of the church altar throughout the ceremony. The young woman customarily carries a bouquet--sometimes exchanged during the ceremony in place of a "last doll," which symbolises her transition out of childhood. At the conclusion of the thanksgiving mass the Quinceanera offers her bouquet to a statue of the of Virgin Mary, often depicted as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Guests in attendance at the Quinceanera religious ceremony typically receive capias, or small tokens, to commemorate the special occasion.

The Quinceanera Reception

Following the religious ceremony, the Quinceanera is honoured at a reception, which is held at a banquet hall or a home. Featuring food, drink and dancing, the festivities begin with several traditional elements. The court will be introduced, followed by the presentation of the Quinceanera. The crowning of the young woman with a tiara or crown is customarily done by her mother, who may present a sceptre simultaneously. After the crowning, the Quinceanera's father or a male paternal figure will proceed with the changing of the shoes. The flat shoes signifying her childhood are changed by her father, who puts heels on her feet, symbolising her transition into womanhood. The event is highlighted by the Quinceanera Waltz, where the young woman will dance with her father to a special song. Festivities are followed by a toast to the Quinceanera, as well as special thank-yous from her parents.

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