Quinceanera is the Spanish word for a girl/boy who is 15 years old. Quinceanera also is the name given to the coming-to-age celebration on a girl’s 15th birthday. It is also for boys, not just for girls. The Quince has many traditions which include:

  • Receiving a church blessing .
  • Having 14 male and female escorts, in spanish its called damas and chambelanes, they represent the previous 14 years of life.
  • Present a porcelain doll to a young sister symbolizing leaving childhood behind
  • Changing from flats to high heels shoes to represent a young woman
  • Dancing the first dance with her father

This age-old tradition, with only minor modern additions, connects Hispanic girls and boys to their culture and their past.

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