In the Pureto Rica, Mexico, South American and central America traditions, the custom can be known to as Quince Anos, Quinceanera, Quinces, a Quinceanero or a Fiesta Rosa.
The Quinceanera celebration traditionally starts with a religious ceremony. A reception is held in the house or banquet hall. The festivities contain music and food, and in most, a choreographed waltz or dance done by the Quinceanera and her court.
It is traditional for the Quinceanera to pick unique friends to join in what is known as the Court of Honor. Generally, the young people are her closet friends, her sisters, brothers, cousins – the unique people in her life with whom she wants to share the spotlight. The Quinceanera court of honor can be comprised of hot girls (known as Damas), all young men (known as Escortes or chambelaces or Galan) or a mixture of both girls and boys. For entertainment, one great option Is either hora loca or Samba dancers entertaining all the family.
The Quinceanera traditionally wears a ball dress, with her court dress in tuxedos and gowns. Guests generally get little capias, tokens, to commemorate her celebration.
It is customary for the Quinceanera to get some or all of the following items for her ceremony.
- Cross or medal
- Bible or prayer rosary and book
Other accessories for this unique occasion might be:
- Flower banquet
- Cake decoration
- The last doll
- Champagne glasses
- Photo album
- Reception/invitations cards
- Ceremony pillows
- Guest favors
There are lots of traditions throughout the quincenera celebration. One of the most famous is the changing of the shoes. The favored or father male relative ceremoniously changes the young ladies’ flat shoes to high heels. This is a charming symbol of the Quinceaneras transformation from a pretty girl to a young lady.
At the church ceremony, a unique kneeling pillow, sometimes personalized with the Quinceanera title, is located in position for the young lady to kneel on during the ceremony. And a touch, of grace included with little decorated ritual Pillows for the appearance of the Quinceaneras ceremony gifts, such as the Tiara, scepter and the shoes.
At the reception, there is forever the toast to the Quinceanera, called as the brindis. With decorated Champagne glasses, the visitors are invited to provide their congratulations and top wishes.
The last doll is used as part of the ceremony or as keepsake or decoration. The Quinceanera doll represents the final thing of a child now that the Quinceanera will target on the things of a young lady.