What traditions come with Quinceanera planning? Historically there are lots of celebrations for young boys and girls marking the transition from childhood to adulthood. In the Hispanic community when a young lady is growing up and turns Sweet 15 the occasion is marked with a celebration of a Quinceanera. Once translated Quinceanera means “she who is fifteen”. And the name comes from a sweet blend of the Spanish word for fifteen “quince” and the Spanish word for years “años”.
A historic celebration, a Quinceanera is a time honoured and meaningful occasion in a young lady’s life. It has cultural and religious influences that underscore the significance of family and culture; that regular birthday celebrations just don’t. The celebration and its traditions highlight the journey to adulthood and maturity. And back in the day was celebrated by the Aztecs and Mayans and was later embraced and commemorated by Hispanics in the US, Mexico, South America and other Spanish speaking countries.
What’s Quinceanera Planning All About?
A Quinceanera celebration has many ingredients and components to it. The festivities commemorate family, God, friends, food, dance and music. And customarily starts with a religious celebration. And depending on the country and customs, the religious celebration includes a thanksgiving mass where the la Quinceanera (guest of honor) is typically given a Bible and Rosary. The mass is followed by a reception filled with dancing, music and food. And traditionally includes a dance or waltz that is choreographed and performed by the guest of honor and her court.
Part of the experience and tradition is the Quinceanera’s court of honor. Customarily consisting of Damas, fourteen young girls and Chambelanes, fourteen young men. the Quinceanera can opt to have only seven Damas or Chambelanes or can prefer to go with all Chambelanes or all Damas. Either way the Damas coordinate with the Quinceanera and sport not only the same style but the same color gown. And of course the Chambelanes complement the Damas by wearing tuxes.
Quinceanera Planning, Traditions, Traditions!
When it comes to Quinceanera planning once the traditional parts are covered, all possibilities are welcome. It can be as elaborate and extensive or as modest and simple as determined and shaped by the guest of honor and her parents. But remember there are endless sweet traditions and customs when it comes to Quinceanera planning.
• The dress is one of the more important parts of the celebration
• The guest of honor wears a brightly colored ball gown, her choice of color
• The bouquet carried into the church is replaced as she leaves by a scepter (a symbol she is letting go of her childhood)
• A porcelain “last” doll is given to the birthday girl (a symbol of her journey into adulthood)
• The father changes the Quinceanera’s shoes from flats to heels (marking the transition from childhood to adulthood)
• By tradition the Quinceanera first dance is with her father
• A choreographed dance or traditionally a waltz is executed by the Quinceanera and her court
• An important part of the evening is the toast and cake cutting
• To honor the celebration, guests customarily receive cápias (printed ribbons with the Quinceanera’s name and date) and cerámicas
• Customarily the Quinceanera gets gifts for her ceremony including a tiara, earrings, bracelet or ring, cross, medal, bible or rosary