During the Aztec period women were treated as second-class citizens, unimportant, except for bearing children. When the Spanish conquered the Aztecs, they brought new customs. One of them was young women at the age of 15 had to choose between a life at marriage and a life dedicated to God. Today some traditions have change. When a girl turns fifteen, it is a tradition in Latin-American cultures that the girl receives a Quinceanera. A Quinceanera signifies the transition from being a girl into a young lady. It is a time for music, food, family togetherness, friends and most important praising God. A ceremony to receive God’s blessing, food reception and a big fiesta to celebrate this important and joyous day is held.
March 29, 2010 was the date of my big celebration. Before my party, months and months of planning took place before everything was done. Finding the perfect dress, the reception, decorations and much more was not an easy task. Three months till my Quinceanera and I still had not found my dress in which I would feel like a princess in. We came across a small boutique, and luckily, the very first dress the manger suggested I fell in love with. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the perfect dress, and looking for a dress was now off my list. A beautiful white strapless ball gown with sparkly coral accents was sure to impress my guests. Looking for the right reception was a much easier decision as I chose to have it at The Marriot Hotel by the beach in Ventura, CA.
With two months left I had yet to choose who I wanted to participate in my court of honor. I decided to go with twelve of my closest friends, 6 girls and 6 guys. They were to accompany me on my special day, and dance a waltz with me which we were taught by a professional dance instructor. A black tux with a coral tie was worn by the guys expect my main escort; he wore a white tux with a coral tie to stand out alongside with me. For the girls, they wore a formal, coral, long dress. In...
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