Quinceañeras originated from Aztec culture around 500 B.C. At age fifteen boys became warriors and girls were viewed as mothers of future warriors, marking the age in which a girl became a woman. Over time, the quinceañera has continued to represent the symbolic change of a girl to a woman, though birthing new warriors is not a new woman's primary occupation anymore. The quinceañera is a celebration for Latin girls who, turning fifteen, are honored for having maintained their virginity up to this point in their lives. The festivities combine Spanish-Catholic traditions with the Aztec and Indigenous heritage. In ancient Mexico or Mexica, the Aztecs had many ceremonies to mark passages through the stages of life; this specific passage marks a young woman becoming an adult, by being presented as a virgin to the community for probable suitors. In a traditional Mexican quinceañera, there are damas and chambelanes, the people who do the dances at the quinceañera along with the Quinceañera herself. There is also a "man of honor," or accompanying male. A dowry, or bridal wealth, is presented to the family of the young woman by potential suitors as gifts for the family. Prior to the giving away of the young woman, the women engage in festivities in instructing the girl in her duties and responsibilities, urging her to follow the correct path, remaining true to her people and their traditions, in her life. The meaning behind the quincerañera has become more refined over time and has been adapted into various Latin cultures based on the country they are in.
The basic reception has six major parts with dances taking place while a traditional Mexican meal is served:
1.The formal entry - A grand entrance made by the Quinceañera once most guests have been seated.
2.The formal toast - An optional but usually featured part of the reception, generally initiated by the parents or godparents of the birthday girl.
3.The first dance - Usually a waltz where the girl dances, starting with her father.
4.The family dance - Usually a waltz involving just the immediate relatives, the chambelanes, godparents, and the closest friends of the girl.
5.The preferred song - Any modern song particularly enjoyed by the Quinceañera is played and danced.
6.The general dance - Also usually a traditional waltz.wedding pictures of you walking down our stately grand entrance's marble stairway! Our beautiful, historic center has all of the amenities to make your wedding ceremony and reception one you will treasure forever. A large and convenient lounge plus a fully equipped dressing room with commercial makeup chairs and 20 feet of mirrored make up tables are sufficient to provide dress preparation for any size wedding party.
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