Sweet 16
A Quinceañera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating
a young girl's coming of age - her 15th birthday.

Today's celebrations embrace religious customs, and the virtues of family and
social responsibility. The Quinceanera tradition celebrates the young girl
(la Quinceanera), and recognizes her journey from childhood to maturity.
The customs highlight God, family, friends, music, food, and dance.

Interestingly, many families today are merging their Hispanic and American
heritages by choosing to celebrate a Sweet Sixteen. For their Sweet 16 party,
the families do the full-blown quinceanera traditions – the religious ceremony,
the reception, the tiara with the number 16, and more. We encourage families to
select the customs that have special meaning to them and to add to the customs
as they wish. That is what makes the celebration unique and very special.

In the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American traditions, the custom can be referred to as a Quince (XV) Años,
a quinces,a Quinceanera, a Quinceanero or a Fiesta Rosa.

The Quinceanera celebration traditionally begins with a religious ceremony. A Reception is held in the home or a banquet hall. The
festivities include food and music, and in most, a choreographed waltz or dance performed by the Quinceanera and her Court.

It is traditional for the Quinceanera to choose special friends to participate in what is called the Court of Honor. Usually, these
young people are her closest friends, her brothers, sisters, cousins – the special people in her life with whom she wants to share
the spotlight. The Quinceanera's Court of Honor can be comprised of all young girls (called Dama), all young men (called
Chambelán or Escorte or Galán) or a combination of both..

The Quinceanera traditionally wears a ball gown, with her Court dressed in gowns and tuxedos. Guests usually receive small
tokens, cápias and cerámicas, to commemorate the celebration.

It is customary for the Quinceanera to receive some
or all of the following items for her ceremony.

Cross or Medal
Bible or Prayer Book and Rosary

Other accessories for this
special occasion might be:

Flower Bouquet
Cake Decoration
Cake Server Set
Champagne Glasses
The Last Doll
Guest Book
Photo Album
Invitations/Reception Cards
Ceremony Pillows
Guest Favors

Ceremony of Changing Of The Shoes
Ceremonia de Cambio de Zapatos


The ultimate symbol of transition takes place when a quince doll is presented to the Quinceañera. The doll is the last
she would ever receive. Just as a bride tosses a garter, the Quinceañera sometimes tosses the doll to a group of
younger girls, symbolizing her final step over the threshold to womanhood.  This ceremonial event can be especially
moving for a quince girls immediate family.  Often, the mother is the one to present her daughter with the last doll-
allowing her blessing to move on into her next phase in life: the young adulthood

The Quince Años is a glorious celebration that remains a cherished and honored tradition.
At the reception, there is always the toast
to the Quinceanera, known as the brindis.
With decorated Champagne Glasses, the guests are
invited to offer their congratulations and best wishes.
There are many traditions throughout the quinceanera celebration.
One of the most popular is the Changing of the Shoes.
The father or favored male relative ceremoniously changes the young
girl's flat shoes to high heels.
This is a beautiful symbol of the Quinceanera's transformation from a
little girl to a young lady
The Toast - El Brindis
The Last Doll - La Ultima Muneca
                    The party starts when the music starts !!!!
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