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The Quinceañera Ceremony

July 14, 2008 | [ 15 ]
Quinceañera Ceremony  The origins of the Quinceañera ceremony are often attributed to the ancient customs of the Aztecs, but its meaning is similar to the initiation rites practiced by other cultures the world over. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate a girl’s transformation from childhood to young adulthood and to formally assign her a new social role before the entire community.
Today there are various ways to celebrate the Quinceañera, although the significance has not changed. The Church plays an important role in the ceremony in some Central American countries, as well as in Mexico and Puerto Rico. In other Central and South American countries the Quinceañera celebration has no religious involvement; which makes the banquet the principal part of the event.


Religious Ceremony:
Nowadays the idea to celebrate a young lady’s fifteenth birthday is to thank God for all of the blessings the family has received. Below is a list of items that are typically offered by the Quinceañera’s court during the ceremony:

  1. Bible: It is recommended to have a Bible covered in either satin, lace, silk, taffeta, etc. It is the first object that is given to the young lady during the ceremony when the priest or pastor indicates it. He will talk about the importance of the word of God in the Quinceañera’s life.
  2. Flower Bouquet: The flowers should be the same color as the Quinceañera’s dress. She will leave the bouquet at the altar as an offering and her parents will approach her when she is at the altar.
  3. Tiara: It is the crown that the young lady wears to indicate that she is the princess, the daughter of God. The minister will talk about the crowns that are mentioned in the Bible.

Optional Items

  1. Three Roses: One closed button, one half open, and one completely open. They represent her infancy, childhood, and current age respectively. Each flower should receive a special mention during the religious act, although this ritual can also be performed at the reception.
  2. Perfume: A nice small decorated bottle. It represents the aroma, prayer, and veneration of God.
  3. Umbrella: It should be the same color as the dress. It represents God’s protection.
  4. Quince Shoes: If possible, the flats should be white and the heels should match the color of the dress. The father or the guest of honor helps the young lady switch shoes. This tradition is celebrated in the church as well as the reception.
  5. Watch: She has to wear it on her left wrist. It indicates the time dedicated to God and also serves as a reminder that God will arrive and that she has to be prepared. However, in other cultures the godparents give this gift to the Quinceañera during the feast.
  6. Ring or Cross: Should have a diamond or a stone of her choice. The ring represents the infinite circle of God’s love and has to be worn on the right-hand annular (ring) finger. When the ring is given the Quinceañera may read a verse or sing a song about the promise made to God. The cross symbolizes faith in Christ.
  7. Doll: Sometimes the doll is dressed as the Quinceañera and is given to a younger girl. It symbolizes the end of childhood. This is the last doll given during the celebration.
  8. Candle: It must be an 18-inch candle and has to be decorated with ribbons and roses that match the dress. This candle represents the light given to the children by their parents. At this moment the mother walks with the candle towards the altar after the Quinceañera has offered the flower bouquet, then both parents meet the young lady at the altar where they light the candle and place it on a candlestick. Now the parents kneel down and pray for their daughter. The Quinceañera will pray and thank God for the new role she will assume.

Finally, the Quinceañera thanks her parents and talks about the meaning of her celebration. The priest concludes the ceremony with the final blessing.




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  1. lds mom says:
    I am lds and i am having a quince for my 15yr old this saturday. You can make your quince whatever you want it to be like. There is no exact way to follow but some suggestions. For us my daughter is getting shoes, crown, ring and 15 flowers. Some people that know her will be saying nice things about her even our bishop. well good luck with everything.
  2. Amy says:
    What does the stairs on the cake represent?
  3. brock says:
    a quinceanera is to show how a young girl is maturing into a woman
  4. meemi.com says:
    Do you have any video of that? I'd want to find out some additional information.
  5. Smilinggirl101 says:
    Thanks I needed this for mine in a few more years.
  6. Talesha says:
    thanks it really help me thank you needed for classwork
  7. Maryelena says:
    this helps thanx but for the quince would it all be in Spanish like do you have to talk to the priest an stuff because im Spanish but I don't speak fluently
    • Jessie says:
      You do not have to have it in Spanish mine is going to be bilingual cause I'm the same way as you but so that my family understands it too some of it will be in Spanish :)
  8. lds chick says:
    thanks i'm lds and I want a quinceanera. I really want one does it matter?
  9. valentine says:
    thank you sooooooooooooo much for this information it help my homework and i use this to my project. thank you thank you thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much. :)
  10. faith says:
    thx so much, i used this for a school project
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  12. mimi says:
    would if you just want to have the banquet only what do you do for just having the party?

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