The fifteenth birthday party, a Latin tradition around the world.
The fifteenth birthday party, a Latin tradition around the world.

The fifteenth birthday party, a Latin tradition around the world.

Although celebrated in different countries in Latin America with their own peculiar details, the same value and importance are still preserved.

Growing up in a family with Latin roots automatically brings to mind the idea of celebrating a quinceañera. It's that important. However, have you ever thought about the traditions of a Quinceañera party in different countries?

Here, we leave you a list of popular Quinceañera traditions celebrated in different countries of Latin America.

A Mexican Quinceañera

In Mexican tradition, if the family is Catholic, the celebration begins early. After the makeup and hairstyle for the quinceañera, the religious ceremony awaits. Other popular Mexican quinceañera traditions include the last doll, the changing of the shoe, the waltz, and the toast.

A Quinceañera Party in Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela

Although the same value and significance are preserved, these countries add different details. In Ecuador, the quinceañera's dress is usually pink, so it's known as a "pink party." Meanwhile, in Colombia and Venezuela, the celebration starts with the arrival of the guests awaiting the quinceañera, who enters with her court.

A Cuban and Dominican Quinceañera

Both in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, the XV party is much more modest than usual, depending on each family's possibilities. A very important tradition lies in their court of honor, which consists of 15 couples, including the quinceañera, making it the largest in number in Latin America.

A Peruvian Quinceañera

In Peru, it's unique that the quinceañera is accompanied by only one chambelán, but the surprise at midnight is even better. Twelve cadets perform the traditional sword crossing, forming an arch through which the quinceañera will pass.

An Argentinean, Uruguayan, and Paraguayan Quinceañera

On the eve of the birthday, in Argentina and Uruguay, it's customary to paint a congratulatory message on the sidewalk in front of the quinceañera's house.

Meanwhile, in Paraguay, the banquet takes place between the waltz and the traditional choreographies. Another highlight is the attire. In Argentina, it's not necessary for guests to wear suits to the Quinceañera party; it's more casual, like any regular birthday celebration.

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