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What is a quinceanera?

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A quincea��era is a tradition celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries to commemorate a girl's 15th birthday. The term combines the Spanish words quince, which means 15, and a��os, which means years. In Latin American countries, it is tradition to have an extravagant party and a church ceremony for a girl's 15th birthday. The celebration is used to mark the girl's transition into womanhood.

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After the quincea��era, the girl is considered a woman and is ready to manage family and social responsibilities. The celebration is similar to a debutante ball or a ���sweet 16��� in American culture. During a quincea��era, the girl wears a decorative dress in a bold or pastel color. A major tradition of the quincea��era is the first dance with the father. Although certain traditions may vary, most celebrations include the young woman receiving a blessing from the church. There are also 14 female and male attendants known as chambelanes and damas. These attendants are used to represent the first 14 years of the girl���s life. During the quincea��era, to symbolize the transition from childhood to womanhood, the girl presents a porcelain doll to her younger sister. There is also a tradition, during the celebration, that requires the girl to change from flats to high-heels to symbolize womanhood.

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