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03.03 Family Traditions

Compare and contrast your Sweet Sixteen experience with a Quinceañero birthday party.

keenyn govea

on 4 January 2013

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03.03 Family Traditions Writing Assignment by: Keenyn Govea Sweet sixteen Quinceañero In America a sweet sixteen is when a girl becomes a women. In the spanish culture a Quinceañero is when a girl becomes a women.
Each spanish country have their own traditions as far as what they do during the celebration.
I've researched the mexican tradition. Candle-lighting ceremony The party starts off with the Candle-lighting ceremony.
During the candle light ceremony there are 16 candles being lit. The first candle is for the girl's/boy's parents.
The second candle is for the god parents.
The third candle is for the siblings. (If there are no siblings, then this candle can represent the grandparents.)
Candles 4, 5, 6, and 7 are for the rest of the family members.
Candles 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 are for friends.
Candle 15 is for the girl's/boy's best friend or friends.
The 16th candle is for the boyfriend/girlfriend or a very close male/female friend. Shoe Ceremony In this ceremony, the birthday girl sits down in a chair while her grandfather, uncle, godfather, or father approaches her with high heels on a decorative pillow. The girl would traditionally be wearing flat shoes, such as slippers, and the father ceremoniously helps her into her new high heels. This is symbolic of the girl transitioning into a woman. Father-daughter dance The girl and her father dance to a slow-jazz or traditional song while everyone sits and watches. This is usually the first song of the night. Video montage At high end sweet sixteen, a DJ often brings along several televisions or a projector to show a video montage containing pictures starting from when she was a baby and getting older, usually ending with pictures of her in her sweet sixteen wear. This is either made by the DJ with photos provided from the family of the birthday girl, by the parents, or by a sibling. The guests can sit down and watch this montage, or it could be playing in the background while the guests dance. The formal entry A grand entrance by the Quinceañera made once most guests have been seated. Formal Toast An optional but usual part of the reception generally initiated by the parents or godparents of the birthday girl First dance The first dance is usually the waltz where the girl dances starting with her father. Tiara ceremony This ceremony is similar to the shoe ceremony, except the mother approaches with a tiara instead of shoes. She places it on her daughter's head to symbolize her becoming a woman. Sometimes this is combined with the shoe ceremony, so that two people approach the birthday girl, one with a pillow with high heels, and the other with a pillow with a tiara. Family dance The family dance is a waltz involving just the immediate relatives, the "chambelanes", the godparents, and the closest friends of the girl. General dance Traditionally, Mexican girls could not dance in public until they turned fifteen, except at school dances or at family events. Therefore, the quinceañera's waltz with the chamberlanes is the girl's first public dance ever. Also usually a waltz, where everyone dances to a musical waltz tune
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