Quinceañera–A quinceañera is one of the most important days in an hispanic girl’s life. It is the day she leaves childhood behind and enters into womanhood. It is the day she assumes new responsibilities as an adult in her family, her church and her community. It is the day she recommits her life to God. It is the day she acknowledges that she is becoming a young woman, the day she celebrates her 15th birthday, her quince años.
A quinceañera celebration is much like a wedding in that it has 2 parts, a ceremony and a reception. The blessing ceremony may take place in a church while the reception or fiesta may be celebrated in a hall or salón. Today, however, the blessing ceremony and party often take place in the same location.
There are many traditions associated with a quinceañera and each tradition holds much symbolism. The Quinceañera girl usually has a “Court of Honor” which is made up of 7 or 14 couples, representing her 14 years. She represents her 15th year which is the meaning of the word quinceañera. Sponsors present symbolic gifts to the Quinceañera girl to remind her of her relationship to God. She renews her profession of faith and her baptismal vows, lighting a candle of dedication and then taking communion. During the blessing ceremony or more often, during the reception, other traditions such as the giving away of her last doll, the changing of her flat shoes to high heels by her father, and the first waltz all symbolize her becoming a woman on this sweet 15th birthday.
LoveNotes Ministers are experienced in hispanic traditions and will create a quinceañera blessing ceremony that you will remember and cherish for the rest of your life. (see Quinceañera Bracelet) (see Quinceañera Certificate)
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young;
be an example in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith and purity.
I Timothy 4:12