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How Quinceañeras Work
How Stuff Works ^ | October 16, 2017 | Cristen Conger

Posted on 05/06/2018 11:48:05 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

For Hispanic girls in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the United States and elsewhere, the 15th birthday marks the most lavish celebration of their lives. Designating a girl’s transition from childhood to adulthood, the quinceañera is a two-part festivity that traces back to both indigenous and European cultural traditions and has become an increasingly opulent affair in recent years. Parents may even spend more on their daughters' "Sweet 15" quinceañeras than their weddings, in fact, which is why some refer them as mini bodas, or miniature weddings. Not counting the birthday presents a young girl might receive, a low-end quinceañera in the United States can easily cost about $3,000 [source: Colloff].

One look at a quince girl (a nickname for the quinceañera honoree) on her special day, and the high price tag makes sense. First off, there's the outfit: Often made of satin with lace overlays and rhinestone accents, quinceañera dresses, the visible centerpieces of these celebrations, mirror what Cinderella might’ve worn to her fairytale ball. The floor-length gowns are traditionally white or pale pink, but the revived quinceañera culture accepts dresses in a rainbow of hues. Perched on the quince girl’s head is a delicate tiara or crown, the symbolism of which we’ll discuss later in the article, and in her hands -- at least at the beginning of the ceremony -- she might hold a Bible or book of prayer.

Although its emphasis is more on the party than the prayer, the quinceañera starts at the local Catholic church. Before any birthday cake is cut, the quince girl attends a special Mass in which she reaffirms her dedication to God and receives a blessing from the priest....

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Society; The Guild
KEYWORDS: adolescent; backward; breeding; childrape; girls; hispanics; mexico; womanhood
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1 posted on 05/06/2018 11:48:06 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

i just call em Mexican bat mitzvahs.


2 posted on 05/06/2018 11:49:48 AM PDT by ronniesgal ( I wonder what his FR handle is??)
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To: ronniesgal

It’s a good sized industry here in Texas.


3 posted on 05/06/2018 11:53:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My band has played for many of the religious services, but we don’t do parties.


4 posted on 05/06/2018 11:55:29 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I have the easiest life in the history of the world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I imagine so in Texas.


5 posted on 05/06/2018 11:57:34 AM PDT by ronniesgal ( I wonder what his FR handle is??)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are being colonized.


6 posted on 05/06/2018 11:59:46 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

Better faithful Christians than Muslims, no?


7 posted on 05/06/2018 12:01:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday and when her second child graduates kindergarten.


8 posted on 05/06/2018 12:01:58 PM PDT by Blue House Sue
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To: Lurkinanloomin

Spanish-speaking Americans were in the South and Southwest before English-speaking ones were.


9 posted on 05/06/2018 12:03:22 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I have the easiest life in the history of the world.)
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To: Blue House Sue

Oh, behave!


10 posted on 05/06/2018 12:03:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Tax-chick

Why is that? The chance of violence?


11 posted on 05/06/2018 12:04:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, Islam marries off the girls at any age, “Hispanic” celebrates this essentially when they bleed with this ceremony.


12 posted on 05/06/2018 12:13:03 PM PDT by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think it's a great tradition. Fun time to celebrate with family and friends.

I wish the "how stuff works" webpages would go away. They are typically shallow and do on include details. So tired of these popping up! I routinely avoid these.

13 posted on 05/06/2018 12:16:28 PM PDT by HonkyTonkMan
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To: Tax-chick

My thoughts Exactly...

When I learned a large percentage of
Patriots at the ALAMO were Spanish,
my attitude changed.


14 posted on 05/06/2018 12:17:49 PM PDT by Big Red Badger (UNSCANABLE in an IDIOCRACY!)
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To: HonkyTonkMan

“How Stuff Works” is now basically a clickbait site. I avoid it as well.


15 posted on 05/06/2018 12:18:12 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

You got it! Low info, clickbait, click-through, etc. I rate those sites on par with email spammers.


16 posted on 05/06/2018 12:22:35 PM PDT by HonkyTonkMan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, we just don’t have the kind of amplifiers and the instruments it would take. We’re an acoustic band. Families in our church usually get a DJ for their parties. At the higher end of the socioeconomic spectrum, they would get a live dance orchestra.


17 posted on 05/06/2018 12:23:25 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I have the easiest life in the history of the world.)
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To: Lurkinanloomin

White people used to do sweet 16s and coming out parties. We stopped, they didn’t. Get over it.


18 posted on 05/06/2018 12:23:49 PM PDT by discostu (It's been so long, welcome back my friend, to the show, that never ends.)
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To: Tax-chick

Or a known Quinceañera group, I imagine. We used to shop at the Hispanic Mall in Fort Worth back when we could drive, and much of the advertising there concerned Quinceañeras. There are halls for rent here in D/FW that pretty much only do that.


19 posted on 05/06/2018 12:28:08 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Big Red Badger

Real life is always more interesting than two-second slurs toward others.

I have a church friend who is from New Mexico. They consider themselves pure Spanish, and he certainly looks as European as my other friend from Puerto Rico.


20 posted on 05/06/2018 12:28:36 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I have the easiest life in the history of the world.)
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