If the Jews have Bat Mitzvah for girls reaching 12 years and one day, the Caucasians/English have debutante balls for girls of marriageable age (16-18), the Filipinos have debut (for Filipinas age 18), the Koreans have Gwallye for girls and boys 15 to 20 years, the Hispanics have Quinceanera, but every group lavishly celebrates and knows prom as the rite of passage in high school.
As in cumpleanera, we have quinceanera to refer to the latina woman’s celebration of her fifteenth birthday. It’s a transition from childhood to the womanhood of the quinceanera.
Even when Hispanic/Latino parents leave the motherland, they are still attached to its tradition. One of these traditions they celebrate on their daughter’s 15th birthday is called Quinceanera. A part of them that follows them everywhere, this celebration marks a cultural bond. It’s a special occasion for any Hispanic girls. They get to invite lots of friends to their parties. It’s more than a birthday party in that they get to wear fancier clothes, dance and share foods and beverages with their friends and family friends.
We must say that a lot of expenses are also involved. That’s why most parents find padrinos or madrinas. Despite the family link that relates padrinos and madrinas to the quinceanera girl, the parents have known them either through church, work and other social functions. The padrinos are the sponsors. But more and more families residing in metropolitan areas and countries such as the USA, France, Belgium, Great Britain, and western parts of the US such as California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and more and more Virginia, Florida, go out to find commercial sponsors who pay for some major expenses. We have long had Cinco de Mayo as one of the major commercialized holidays on this side of the border. What a good way for these companies to place their products!
The most important thing to remember is that tradition plays a huge role in this ceremony. Tios, tias, abuelitas, abuelitas, compadres, comadres (uncles, aunts, grandparents) must receive invitation. They contribute to the festivities too.
If they are not invited, they will feel disrespected. It’s a big no no. The quinceanera girl and her parents must take many months if not years to plan this ceremony. Being unable to honor their daughter this way would bring affront to them. That’s why some families are known to start saving for a long time to be able to meet the demands of the occasion. Especially in the USA where parents work two to three jobs to be able to go ahead, they save for the occasion. Besides having to send remittances back to family members in Mexico, they invest in their kids’ education and cultural festivities. That’s why Mexican music has flourished so well in this country.
What do the Quinceanera girls do on the day of Quinceanera day?
Since it's also a religious ceremony, they go to church to receive the priest’s blessings. The priest addresses these young women and talks to them about important life lessons and experiences. He tells them about becoming a woman. Besides catechism, communions, quinceanera is a great occasion for the Church to plant its doctrine. After all, women are the bearers and keepers of traditions. When these girls become parents, they will make sure to have their daughter go through the same process. The ceremony allows for a renewal of the baptismal vows.
The celebration of the Quinceanera dates back to the Aztecs, about 500 B.C. Hispanics have long been celebrating God’s gifts of love and life this way. Most guests bring presents when they arrive at the ceremony. The celebrated girl greets them and dances with anybody who asks for a dance. Some guests usually give plain cash too.
We will call the following “Quinceanera Celebration: The Young Woman’s Quinceanera Planning Guide.”
Here's a list of services and businesses that benefit from the celebration of the quinceanera: 1. Beauty salons 2. Bakeries 3. Caterers for catered food 4. Churches 5. Dance halls 6. Decorators 7. Florists 8. Limo services 9. Dj’s and Bands or Trios 10. Photographers 11. Prom Dresses, Prom Gowns Shops or Retailers 12. Shoes Stores and some aspects of bridal shops 13. Jewelry companies 14. Beauty, makeup, hair products and quinceanera accessories 15. Men’s wear companies for tuxedos 16. Beverages 17. Music, CDs and videos and videographer 18. Engraved invitations
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With good cause, some cultural observers and connoisseurs say that the preparation for a fiesta de los quince is similar to a wedding preparation. In some milieus, some quinceaneras are very elaborate and can rival any lavish wedding. Who can compete with some proud parents? Some of these girls stand to have two major celebrations in their lives, the quinceanera and the wedding. After all, Latin/Hispanic parents are known for their family ties. That’s the way it’s supposed to be: Family first. In their case, it rings true during such celebrations.