Quinceañera 101


Quinceañera 101

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Quinceañera, sometimes called_fiesta de quince años,_fiesta de quinceañera,_quince años_or simply_quince, is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of_Latin America_and elsewhere in communities of people from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition fromchildhood_to young_womanhood. 1 _The celebration, however, varies significantly across countries, with celebrations in some countries taking on, for example, more religious overtones than in others.

In_Brazil, a Portuguese-speaking country, the same celebration is called_festa de debutantes,_baile de debutantes_or_festa de quinze anos. In the_French Caribbean_and_French Guiana, it is called_fête des quinze ans.


Argentina, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay 3balldj.com DJ Max home

In Argentina and Paraguay citation needed _the celebration (which is never referred to as a_quinceañera_but as a_fiesta de quince) begins with the arrival of the teenager, wearing a special dress, and generally accompanied by her father. The location, if indoors, commonly has its entrance specially adorned for the occasion. The father and daughter duo make their entry through this front-door entrance at the sound of music, while friends and relatives customarily give the father flowers (usually roses). After this the ceremony of the_waltz_begins, in which the girl dances with all her friends and relatives. Normally the ball is divided into segments, between which the various dishes are served. The following order of events represents a typical program:

  1. Entrance, which is usually accompanied by slow songs

  2. Waltz

  3. Entree

  4. First period of dancing

  5. Main meal course

  6. Second period of dancing

  7. Dessert and video playback of the recorded birthday with her friends (the latter is optional)

  8. 15-candle ceremony (optional)

  9. Third period of dancing

  10. Toast, cake cutting, and a ritual where each female friend/relative pulls a ribbon out of a bunch. The ribbons all have charms on the ends except for one which has a ring.

  11. Carnival-style dance

Ceremony of the 15 candles 3balldj.com DJ Max home

In this ceremony the birthday girl delivers fifteen candles to people who she considers were most influential in her development during her fifteen years. It is often accompanied by a speech, usually dedicated to each of the people that are given candles. This ceremony is also known as the Tree of Life. The 15 candles symbolize the 15 years the girl has "left behind". Each of the candles symbolizes a special memory, a moment shared with any person who is invited to join the ritual.

Brazil 3balldj.com DJ Max home

In_Brazil_the celebration is called_festa de debutantes,_baile de debutantes_or_festa de quinze anos. The following order of events represents a typical program:

  1. Entrance

  2. Mass (optional)

  3. First period of dancing (usually to international music)

  4. Ceremony with videos about the girl's life with friends' greeting

  5. A dance with men from her family and one boy (either her boyfriend or her best friend)

  6. Second period of dancing (usually to national music)

  7. Cake cutting

  8. Third period of dancing

Cuba 3balldj.com DJ Max home

In Cuba, the party may include a choreographed group dance, in which 14 couples waltz around the_quinceañera, who is accompanied by one of the main dancers, a boy of her choice, her boyfriend or friends of rights. vague _The choreography often includes four or six dancers or escorts called experts, who are allowed to dance around the quinceañera. They are usually inexperienced dancers whose function is to highlight the central couple. The male dancers are also allowed to wear tuxedos in different colors.

Fifteenth birthday celebrations were very popular in Cuba until the late 70s. This practice partly entered Cuba via Spain, but the greatest influence was the French. The wealthy families who could afford to rent expensive dining rooms in private clubs or hotels of four and five stars were the real precursors of quinceañeras, which they called quinces. These celebrations usually took place in the house of the girl or the more spacious house of a relative.

Dominican Republic 3balldj.com DJ Max home

This celebration is very traditional and common. It begins with a Mass in the Catholic Church to receive the blessing of God and give thanks for another year of life. At the birthday party, the birthday girl makes her entrance to the place of the party accompanied by 14 additional pairs of guests, which together with the teenager's own are 15 pairs of people total. Usually, quinceañera wears a bright color dress and the other couples wear long dresses for the ladies and suits and ties for the gentlemen which are often brightly colored. They are never to overshadow the birthday girl's dress which is the main focal point of the celebration. Almost immediately the quinceañera birthday girl dances the waltz with her partner who usually waltzes in the middle and passes her to the hands of her father to finish the waltz.

It is customary for the quinceañera girl and her escorts to perform several choreographed dances, which may include rhythms like merengue, pop, salsa, etc. It is also customary to serve a buffet and some drinks during the celebration. As the party favors or memories are given to the guests, the traditional album is signed by invited guests to record their presence at the party. One of the main attractions in the Dominican Republic is the traditional cake of fifteen years, which usually becomes a cake of immense size and beauty, as they use very colorful designs to decorate it. The cake is cut shortly after the dancing. Traditionally the participation of an artist or band in the celebration of the feast is customary to bring it to life and give a musical touch.

A Nicaraguan girl celebrating herquinceañera.

Ecuador 3balldj.com DJ Max home

In Ecuador, the_quince_starts with the arrival of the teenager, accompanied by her father, who is then received by her mother and other relatives and friends. Then father and daughter dance a waltz, and other tunes._ 2 _The_quinceañera_birthday girl will dance with her brothers (if any) and their uncles

and godparents. Then she performs the paso doble and the waltz with all members of the procession (optional dance then any other music, merengue, pop, etc.). For this occasion the teenager wears an evening dress in light colors or pastels, is dressed and made up slightly, usually places a tiara in her hair and jewels on her neck and hands. All the guests dressed in formal attire, including the teenager's friends of the same age.

After the original dance, the choreography begins with a set up by the teenager and her friends. After that, the festival begins with music from live bands, some famous artiste, DJs, food, drink, and at one point of the night -usually late- a "crazy hour" is carried out, in which the attendants wear masks or funny wigs and make noise with whistles and rattles while fast-tempo music is played. It is optional to make some surprise dance performed by the quinceañera birthday girl (alone or accompanied), and also a dance that will give away her friends, cousins, etc.

Mexico 3balldj.com DJ Max home


A Mexican quinceañera celebration

In Mexico, the birthday girl, known as the_quinceañera, is adorned with elegant_makeup. Traditionally, this would be the first time she was to wear makeup, but today this is not usually the case. Thequinceañera_is also expected to wear a formal evening dress. Traditionally, that dress was a long_ball gown. 3

In the Mexican tradition - when the teenager is_Catholic_- the_quinceañera_celebration begins with a thanksgiving_mass. 3 _For this mass, the_quinceañera_conventionally wore a pink dress to symbolize her purity, but in recent decades, white has become the preferred color. If the_quinceañera_chooses, she may wear a white dress with personalized touches, such as embroidery, pearls, sequins, or any other adjustment that would best reflect her sense of fashion. 3 _She arrives to the celebration accompanied by her parents, godparents and court of honor. The court of honor is a group of her chosen peers consisting of paired-off girls and boys, respectively known as_damas_(dames) and_chambelanes_(chamberlains). Typically, there are seven or fourteen pairs of_damas_and_chambelanes. At this religious mass, a_rosary, or sometimes a necklace with a_locket_or_pendant_depicting Mexico's patron saint, the_Virgin of Guadalupe, is awarded to the teenager by her_godparents, such a necklace having been previously blessed by the church clergy. She is also awarded a_tiara. The symbolism behind the tiara is to serve as a reminder that to her loved ones, especially her immediate family, the_quinceañera_will always be a princess; however, some also see it as denoting that she is a "princess" before God and the world. After this, the girl may leave her bouquet of flowers on the altar for the_Virgin Mary. 3

After the thanksgiving mass, guests gather for a reception where the remaining celebratory events meant to honor the_quinceañera_will take place, including the rendering of gifts. This reception may be held at the_quinceañera's_home, at an events room (such as a_dining hall,_banquet hall, or_casino), or in some cases publicly held, similar to a_block party. During the reception, the birthday girl usually dances a traditional_waltz_with her "chambelan de honor", which is her chosen escort, and her court of honor. 3 _Many times this section of the celebration is previously practiced and/or choreographed, often weeks in advance, sometimes even with months of anticipation. 3 _The basic reception consists of six major parts, 4 _with dances taking place while a traditional Mexican meal is served:

  1. The formal entry - A grand entrance made by the Quinceañera once most guests have been seated.

  2. The formal_toast_- An optional but usually featured part of the reception, generally initiated by the parents or godparents of the birthday girl.

  3. The first dance - Usually a waltz where the girl dances, starting with her father.

  4. The family dance - Usually a waltz involving just the immediate relatives, the "chambelanes", godparents and the closest friends of the girl.

  5. The preferred song - Any modern song particularly enjoyed by the Quinceañera is played and danced.

  6. The general dance - Also usually a waltz, where everyone dances to a musical waltz tune.

Traditionally, Mexican girls could not dance in public until they turned fifteen, except at school dances or at family events. Therefore, the_quinceañera's_waltz with the_chamberlanes_is the girl's first public dance ever.

Some families may choose to add ceremonial components to the celebration, depending on local customs. Among them are the ceremony of the Change of Shoes, in which a family member presents the_quinceañera_with her first pair of_high heel shoes; the Crowning ceremony, in which a close relative vests her with a crown on her head; and "ceremonia de la ultima muñeca" (literally "ceremony of the last doll"), during which her father presents her with a doll usually wearing a similar dress as the_quinceañera_herself. The ceremony of the last doll is based on a_Maya_tradition and is related to the birthday girl's receipt and renouncement of the doll as she grows into womanhood. Likewise, the ceremony of the change of shoes symbolizes the girl's passage into maturity. 3

Once all symbolic gestures have taken place, the dinner is commenced. At this point, the celebration reaches its high point: contracted musical groups begin playing music, keeping the guests entertained. The music is played while the guests dine, chat, mingle, and dance.

The next morning the family and closest friends may also attend a special breakfast, especially if they are staying with the family. Sometimes what is known as a_recalentado_(re-warming) takes place, in which any food not consumed during the event of the night before is warmed again, for a brunch type event. 5

Ceremony of the 15 candles 3balldj.com DJ Max home

In this ceremony, the birthday girl delivers fifteen candles to the people who she considers were most influential in her development during her fifteen years. It is often accompanied by a speech, usually dedicated to each of the people that are given candles. This ceremony is also known as the Tree of Life. The 15 candles symbolize the 15 years the girl has "left behind". Each of the candles also symbolizes a special memory, a moment shared with any person who is invited to join the ritual.......

French Guiana and French Caribbean 3balldj.com DJ Max home

In_French Guiana_and the_French Caribbean_the celebration is known as_fête des quinze ans.


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