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How Different Countries’ Cultures Have Different Quince Traditions

Gabriela Alvarado

Although this tradition is held in many Latin American countries with their own particular details, the same value and importance is still preserved.

If you have a passion for history, you’ll probably find it intriguing to know how this life event is celebrated with style, but with original elements in each country.

Here we give you a list of popular and interesting quince traditions celebrated in different Latin American countries.

Celebrating a Mexican Quinceanera

In the Mexican tradition, if the family is Catholic, the celebration starts early. After having her hair and makeup done, the religious ceremony awaits for the Quinceanera.  Other popular Mexican traditions are the last Quinceanera doll, the change of shoes, the waltz and a speech of gratitude.

Traveling to Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela

In Ecuador, the Quinceanera dress is usually pink so it is known as “The Pink Party. ” While in Colombia and Venezuela the celebration starts with the arrival of the guests waiting for the girl, who enters with her Quince court.

Quince traditions in Cuba and Dominican Republic

In Cuba and in the Dominican Republic, the Quinceanera is much more modest than usual, depending on the means of each family. A very important tradition in these countries, being asked to be part of a Quince court is an honor.

A Peruvian Quinceanera party

In the Peruvian tradition a single chamberlain accompanies the girl, but at midnight the surprise gets better. Twelve marines make the traditional crossing of swords in an arch under which the Quinceanera will pass.

Quinceanera in Argentina , Uruguay, and Paraguay

Prior to the Quinceanera’s birthday, in Argentina and Uruguay a congratulatory message is painted on the sidewalk of the house of the girl. While in Paraguay, the banquet is served between the Quince waltz and the traditional choreography. Something else that stands out in these Quinceaneras is the dress. In Argentina, it is not required that the guests dress in formal attire; it is something more casual, like a regular birthday party.

All these are different Quinceanera traditions from different countries that highlight our Hispanic culture, but keep the essence of the celebration in common.

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Gabriela Alvarado

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