Friday, August 27, 2010

The Quincanera Celebration


                                                                   Copyright By Merlene Bishop      
Quinceañera comes from the Spanish words quince "fifteen" and Anos "years". It is a rite of passage for
fifteen-year-old Latina girls involving the community and the family in a traditional celebration that
symbolically ushers a young girl into womanwood. The origins are attributed to ancient Aztec customs,
but many other indigenous cultures throughout the world, including Native Americans, have similar
initiation rites that occur after puberty. It was commonly accepted as the age when young women leave
their family of origin to become wives and mothers.

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