What is quinceanera? You might have heard of this word several times, even received an invitation from your friends, but what exactly is a quinceanera? A quinceanera is a ceremony and party given to celebrate a young girl’s coming of age. This is usually celebrated when a girl reaches the age of 15, also known as her quince anos in Spanish. Many Hispanic cultures hold this tradition. It consist of a mass in the girl’s honor as well as a ball style celebration.
A quinceanera party can be as extravagant as a wedding reception. The amount of money invested on this party depends on the social class of the family. However most quinceanera parties cost an average of $5,000 to $10,000. These parties are planned months in advance. The quinceanera party is commonly held at a home or banquet hall. The party includes lots of food, a beautiful cake, and dancing. Many times, a composed waltz is done by the girl and her court. Her court if made up of 14 other people making it 15 with her.
On this special day, the girl looks and should be treated as a princess by her family and friends. She should wear a gorgeous gown, high heels and a tiara. The high heels are put on her by her father while she is crowned like a princess by her mother.
Just like weddings, this parties usually follow a theme. The decorations and quinceanera favors are chosen accordingly. Some popular themes for quinceaneras parties include: a traditional theme, a princess theme, a mascarade ball, a Hawaiian theme, a garden theme, a butterfly theme, a black and white party theme, a Brazilian theme, and many more.
This party is a very important and happy occasion in the life of a young Latin girl. It is an event that she will treasure throughout her lifetime.