What is a Quincenera?

Wan an AUTHENTIC gown for your 15-year-olds celebration?
Wan an AUTHENTIC gown for your 15-year-olds celebration?
These dresses and similar can be found in Guadalajara, MX, in the main shopping district PLAZA TAPATIA...Please see my related hub!
These dresses and similar can be found in Guadalajara, MX, in the main shopping district PLAZA TAPATIA...Please see my related hub!

Have you been invited to a quinceñera? Does your daughter or son have a classmate who wants them to "stand up" in the ceremony? What is all this celebration about surrounding this 15th birthday party?

With the recent increase of Latino and Hispanic families in the U.S., many family and friends have found themselves to be part of a celebration that is new to them.

In many Latin American cultures, and in the US's Hispanic culture, a girl's quinceñera (or "quince") is the celebration of her 15th birthday and her introduction to womanhood. In some ways it can be related to a "coming out" party, or a debut.

There are usually two main parts to a quinceñera: the ceremony and the celebration.

The ceremony is almost always a Catholic-based mass, or a part of a mass. Attendees have no part in the mass, except to congratulate the teen, and possibly take pictures if you wish. Those who are not familiar with Catholicism should note that the mass has many parts that include attendees standing or kneeling. Newbies should just "follow the crowd." Many masses also have "communion", which is where participants file to the front of the church to receive a piece of bread/wafer and maybe a drink of wine. Those not Catholic or familiar with this ceremony should best skip it. You won't be the only one, guaranteed!

The second part of a quince generally includes dinner and a dance, sometimes similar to a wedding. It is likely that there will be music and that alcohol will be served. This is usually a great celbration and may last late into the evening, depending on the individual family. Families will also vary on what kinds of traditions they will use in this part of the celebration. You may be able to see the teen and her friends take part in a choreographed dance. There may be small ceremonies where the girl is presented with gifts that symbolize her transition to womanhood. Often "padrinos" (godparents) have main parts in the celebration.

Guests should participate as they feel comfortable and enjoy this culture's incredible hospitality. It is appropriate to bring a gift for the girl if desired, and perhaps even to ask her for a dance. Most attendees will dress up a little for the ceremony and dance.

How lucky we are to live in a nation that welcomes and celebrate different cultures! Enjoy the evening, take part in the girl's special memory, and count your blessings at being invited to such a fun time.

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Comments 17 comments

brett 9 years ago

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jky 8 years ago

not quite accurate


ESMERALDA 7 years ago

COMO FUERON QUE TUS 15 AÑOS


Allena 7 years ago

JKY- bull. Maybe not complete, but the parts that are here are accurate. If you have MORE, please, leave them in the comments. I know much more that occurred at XV's that I have attended in Mexico, but this is aimed for the American Latino audience.

Esmeralda- No tenia XV, pero la de mi prima en Michoacan estaban de lujo y tenia mucho divertido. La de mi prima en EEUU estaban lo mismo, gracias, y tu?


roxana ramirez 7 years ago

hye i really love the dress the orangy one how can i get it....????


ally 7 years ago

roxana- that dress was in a a store in Guadalajara. You can probably find a similar dress by using Google: try "quincenera dresses"


roxana 7 years ago

awwww dat sucks cuz i really loved dat one n im lokkin for my 15th dress n dats my color....!!!!!!!


valentina 7 years ago

i love those dress 2 bad that im not having a 15


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GardenWallPubs 7 years ago from Grand Ledge Author

awww denied Karina. go troll somewhere else.


selena garcia 6 years ago

this dresses are so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Monique 6 years ago

These dresses are so cute i would swagg that out.


kelly  6 years ago

my quinces are this year 2010 and i cant wait


Ana 6 years ago

I like the redish dress!


cuteyMi*boy 6 years ago

heeeyyyy!!!!!!!!


alejandra 6 years ago

i love the 2nd dress only its so pretty


.:FL@C@:. 6 years ago

i love the second dress its so pretty!!!


m@rth@ 5 years ago

i love the 2nd dress!! its soooo gorgeos

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