Quinceanera is a Spanish word for a girl who is fifteen years old. Among Latinos in the America, Quinceanera also is the title given to the coming-of-age celebration on a lady 15th birthday.
The Quinceanera has its origins thousands of centuries ago when girls and boys participated in rites of passage. To prepare for womanhood, ladies were separated from other kids at a certain age so the elder ladies could teach them about their future roles as members of community and family. During the official rites of passage, the community would thank of gods for the future mothers and wives, and the young ladies would vow to serve the community. Get these giant LED robots to bring more excitement to this type of event, dress all the kids up in LED lighted accessories, bring confetti cannons to shoot confetti all over the crowd and any other thing that the kids would absolutely enjoy.
The party as we know it today in the America became famous in the 1930s and continues, even flourishing in communities where ritual and custom rekindle family ties and ethnic. But Quinceaneras, like mostly powerfully held traditions, is not a static event, and the way it is celebrated are replacing with the times. Now many ladies have gathered the “American” idea of sweet 16 with what would have been their Quinceaneara. A Barbie Quinceanera doll in some cases changes the handmade ultima muneca, and families are starting to celebrate the “coming of age” of their sons, too. These cultures blendings can be found in many aspects of our traditional lives. Some have to perform with the breakdown of old life, and some with a world of replacing cultural mores. In whatever form it may take, a Quincenera is an extremely unique event happening just once in a girl’s life, so it is time for rejoicing in the miracle of life and reaffirming ones commitment to friends, family, community and tradition.
Here are some of the elements of Quinceanera celebrations that are general in Mexico:
Chambelanes: This would be translated as “Chamberlains,” these are young men or boys who escort the quinceanera and do a choreographed dance with her. The dance is known to as waltz, but generally incorporate other dance styles.
La ultima muneca: the birthday lady is presented with a doll which is said to be her last doll because after turning 15 she will too old to play with dolls anymore. As part of a ritual she passes the doll on to a sister or other young family.
Fifteen pinates: The girl breaks 15 little pinates, one for each year of her life.
El Primer ramo de flores: the birthday lady is provided a bouquet of flowers which is symbolically the first flowers she is offered as a young lady.