Traditions surrounding the Quinceanera started around 500 B.C. with the Aztec civilizations. A Quinceanera takes place on a girl's 15th birthday.
Quinceanera marks the time in a girl's life when she is presented to the world as a young lady rather than a child. The guest of honor typically wears a formal dress to help her stand out. The celebration typically lasts several hours, and during the event, the family presents the birthday girl with gifts. Other activities that take place during the event vary depending on the family, but usually involve dancing and eating. The celebration is held in family homes, dance halls and churches.