Yes, so it’s true, we Latinos sure do know how to party. One of the most recognized traditions in the Latino community is the “fiesta de quince” or “Quinceañera” which is a Girl’s 15th birthday celebration. This celebration is like a mini-wedding when it comes to the time and effort that goes into planning! It is a celebration to recognize a girl’s journey from childhood to maturity! It is a girl’s dream come true, her very own ball in many senses!
The ceremony usually begins with the arrival of the Birthday Girl, wearing a special dress, and generally accompanied by her father. The location, if indoors, commonly has its entrance specially adorned for the occasion. The father and daughter duo make their entry through this front-door entrance at the sound of music, while friends and relatives customarily give the father flowers (usually roses). After this the ceremony of the waltz begins, in which the girl dances with all her friends and relatives. Normally the ball is divided into segments, between which the various yummy dinner courses are served.
In case you have never been to a Quinceañera, this is how the night usually goes:
- Entrance, which is usually accompanied by slow songs
- First period of choreographed dancing
- Main meal course
- Second period of dancing with Birthday Girl and her date
- Dessert and video playback of the recorded birthday with her friends
- 15-candle ceremony
- Third period of dancing
- Toast, cake cutting, fun rituals
- Carnival-style dance
This a Birthday Party you will never ever forget!! My personal favorite part of the ceremony is the Carnival-style dancing at the end and all of the great food! J … In Brazil, the celebration is called festa de quinze anos.
So to all those you BG’s celebrating or preparing for your fiesta de quince congrats and FELICIDADES DESDE NOSTROS DE BG!!!