Quinceanera - Professor Carter Com 181-01 1 November 2007...

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Professor Carter Com 181-01 1 November 2007 Becoming a Woman In the Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and Southern American traditions there is a custom called a Quinceanera or Quince Anos. This custom is a celebration of a young girl maturing into a woman. The celebration involves the family, friends, music, food, dance, and God. Most quinceanera’s start with a religious ceremony followed by a reception at the home of the Quinceanera or at a banquet hall. During most of the celebrations a dance or choreographed waltz is performed. The Hispanic culture puts great emphasis on quinceaneras. The Quinceanera is a celebration for a young woman on her fifteenth birthday. A Quinceanera is comparable to a sweet sixteen-birthday party or a debutante ball when a young woman is 18. No one knows for sure how the tradition was started, but the most common theory is that when the Spanish conquerors mixed with the native people in Mexico their tradition blended. They mixed the coming of age traditions with the religious ceremonies of the native
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