Mexican History

Quinceanera

For hundreds of years young women in Latin America from Mexico to Argentina have celebrated their quinceañera — their 15th birthday — in grand tradition, beginning with a Catholic Mass and continuing on to a large and extravagant celebration. In some parts of the United States the tradition thrives, particularly among second- and third-generation Hispanic girls. Quinceañera parties are generally very lavish, with mariachi bands, a feast, and many guests celebrating the 15-year-old's transition into womanhood.