7 February 2013
Celebrating a quinceañera was not only about having a big party but also a tradition that helped shape me into the person I am today. To nearly all teenage girls what comes to mind when they think or hear about a quinceañera is the party. They imagine the dress, the limousine, the enormous reception hall and the dance. Problem is; that most eager birthday girls including myself, it takes the whole experience to really understand how symbolic and meaningful the celebration really is. Although it may simply be a big fifteenth birthday party to some girls but, for me it was an eye opening learning experience.
A quinceañera is the celebration of a young woman’s coming of age. In the Spanish language “quince” means fifteen, the age that a Hispanic girl becomes a woman. The term quinceañera refers to both the young woman and the name of the celebration. This celebration is composed of two equally important events. One event is a mass that is specially organized and decorated for the quinceañera. The second event is a party that is made possible by the parents of the birthday girl and sometimes sponsors. Sponsors are usually family members and friends who financially help the parents make the party a success. The quinceañera is normally spoiled with an astonishing dress and tiara because it their day to shine and be the center of attention.
I can clearly remember attending many quinceañeras when I was younger. The birthday girls always looked so beautiful, happy and grown up. Their reception halls overflowing with unique and amazing decorations, I remember that everything looked and felt surreal. It was so fairytale like and they were the princesses, and at that age what girl didn’t want to feel or look like one. It is quite memorable to me that I would continuously supplicate my parents to allow me to have my own, yet I was only eight at the time and still had some time to go. There was a pink...