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Quinceanera Traditions

In the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American traditions, the custom can be referred to as a Quince (XV) Aos, a quinces,a Quinceanera, a Quinceanero or a Fiesta Rosa. The Quinceanera celebration traditionally begins with a religious ceremony. A Reception is held in the home or a banquet hall. The festivities include food and music, and in most, a choreographed waltz or dance performed by the Quinceanera and her Court. It is traditional for the Quinceanera to choose special friends to participate in what is called the Court of Honor. Usually, these young people are her closest friends, her brothers, sisters, cousins “ the special people in her life with whom she wants to share the spotlight. The Quinceanera’s Court of Honor can be comprised of all young girls (called Dama), all young men (called Chambeln or Escorte or Galn) or a combination of both.. The Quinceanera traditionally wears a ball gown, with her Court dressed in gowns and tuxedos. Gues...

The Basic Traditions

  The Quinceaera The transition from girl to womean is celebrated in different ways and at different ages in the world. In Mexico, it has very unique roots and it is celebrated when girls turn 15. It does not necessarily means that the girls are ready for marriage as many foreign to the tradition suggest. A closer approach is that the girls can now participate as adults in appropriate social events. It is actually a Thanks Action and preparation for the new challenges. The term Quinceaera may refer to the girl turning 15 or to the celebration in her honour, either the religious or social events or both. The Quinceaera is a highly Catholic tradition although it is celebrated in other Christian churches too. It is almost given that were the Spanish Conquerors who brought the tradition to Mexico. In reality, the celebration as is today, is a Christian adaptation of the Aztec Ceremony of Woman. Even before of the Spanish Conquest, the Aztecs celebrated their girls when reache...