The Quinceanera

Remember Cinderella’s ball? The heavenly moment when Romeo and Juliet first met? And the ball, where Darsy, Elizabeth, Jane and Bingley first eyed each other? Those beautiful pages of romantic hang over sowed its seed in the notion of La Quinceañera’s debutante balls. Sometimes our romantic couples met in other’s La Quinceañera too. ‘Quinceañera’ or ‘Quince Anos’ represents XV Anos, what actually means “fifteen Years”. In some Spanish-speaking regions of the Americas, a young woman’s celebration of her fifteenth birthday, which is celebrated in a unique and different way from her other birthdays are called Quinceañera.

In some countries, such as Puerto Rico or Peru, the word ‘Quinceañero’ is used instead of ‘Quinceañera’ when referring to the celebration. The word is als Çeşme Escort 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 romantic ball at the age of eighteen. In some cases, the birthday girl has a choice of a quinceañera, a trip, or a car. A girl steps forward from the childhood to womanhood that is the point of acknowledgment of a young adolescent maiden has reached maturity: this is all about the celebration of La Quinceañera. The celebration fore mostly holds the fact that the girl is ready to get married and this special occasion, sometimes are regarded ideal to chose the husband among the courts. The 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.

The Quinceanera’s court can be comprised of young girls (called a Dama), young men (called Chambelán or Escorte or Galán) or a combination of both – traditionally up to 14 persons in the court, which with the Quinceanera, would total 15 young people. The Quinceanera traditionally wears a ball gown, with her court usually dressed in gowns and tuxedos. Guests usually receive small tokens, cápias and cerámicas, to commemorate the celebration. It is customary for the Quinceanera to receive the following gifts for her ceremony: