10 Things That Happen At EVERY Quinceañera

10 Things That Happen At EVERY Quinceañera

See the ways how a quinceañera is celebrated.

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A quinceanera is a celebration that many Latin American countries celebrate. This is celebrated when a girl turns 15 and is meant to recognize how the girl is no longer a child and is becoming a young woman. On the day of the celebration, families, and friends are invited to a special mass to honor the day followed by a reception and a party afterward. Here are 10 other things that happen at a quinceañera:

1. The entire morning of the quinceañera is dedicated to getting ready

It takes hours for the young woman who is having her quinceañera to get ready. From getting her hair done, to putting on makeup, and putting on her gown, the morning is an important time of the day to prepare for what lies ahead.

2. The girl who has her quinceañera arrives to church on a horse

It has been a tradition that a young woman having her quinceañera arrives at the church on a horse. This is a way to show love and respect for the quinceañera. People often take tons of pictures to document this unforgettable experience.

3. Family and friends gather at church to celebrate the quinceañera

The mass often includes readings, singing, and a speech from the young woman having her quinceañera. The gifts that are brought such as a bible, and ring, and other gifts are blessed with holy water.

4. Many dishes of Mexican food to eat

At the reception, tons of food is provided at a quinceañera and everybody eats. Everybody is welcome to eat and many Mexican dishes are provided.

5. Family waltz

Following dinner, close relatives gather around the young woman who is receiving her quinceañera and dances with her. Some of these close relatives include the mom, dad, siblings, and grandparents. These individuals often dance a waltz and have practiced prior the reception. Often times, you may see a mom or dad cry because this is a special moment and is a rite of passage for entering womanhood.

6. A carefully set up dessert table

After dinner and some dancing, the dessert tables open up for people who want a sweet treat. These desserts are set up in a proper way.

7. Chocolate fountain for dipping in fruit

One of the pieces that is on a dessert table is a chocolate water fountain. Often times there will be fruit for dipping into the fountain. Yum!

8. More dancing and fun 

Throughout the night, the dance floor remains open for everyone to dance. Some of the songs will include the Cha Cha Slide and other types of music. Some other popular songs in Spanish is Payaso de Rodeo and other forms of Latin music such as Bachata, and Cumbia.

9. Live music and bands perform

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It is not uncommon for the family of the quinceañera to bring live music such as a Mexican banda or a mariachi. These bands often hype up the party and many people dance to the music.

10. The party keeps going on during the night

Many may ask, what time does the party end? The party often goes well into the night and often people start to leave once they are getting tired. Most celebrations end at 1 a.m. The rest of the night is dedicated to dancing and taking photos!

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What we expected and what reality actually is, are two completely different things...

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Oh our 20s, how we expected them to be so different. We expected to graduate college at 22, have a career by 23, be engaged by 24, married with a house by 25, kids by 26-28, vacationing with the family by 30, and retired by 60. We expected college to be parties and cute boys/girls. Instead, we got late nights of studying and crying after a job that barely pays for our car, food, dorm, and textbooks. We get no social life and if we do our grades suffer for it.

Our 20s were expected to be all fun but all we got were struggles and stress. I mean I don't know about you but I expected, to have it all together and I'm nearly 23 and far from it. I had all the scholarships and great grades, and I still don't have any type of degree.

Reality hits after 18. Most of us don't have the help of mom and dad anymore. We have to find our way and make a path for ourselves. Sometimes our dreams and goals have to be put on hold for that. The 20s isn't fun. It's about discovering who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to go. Some of us serve our country, some become incarcerated, some of us parents, some teachers, others cops, others travel or study abroad, some dead, some ill, other managers, others homeless, some still living home, and some even addicts.

The weird thing about your 20s is everyone is doing something different, but yet everyone is confused and comparing themselves to others. People feel if they're not doing what others are doing, in their age group then they have failed themselves. What people forget is that with life comes obstacles and sacrifice and everyone's life and situations are different. You are where you need to be right now, for you, and I think that's something to remember in your 20s.

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Another thing about your 20's is you're free to think for yourself now. No more having to follow a religion you dislike or hold back from things you love. The world is literally yours to discover and learn from. Possibilities are endless! I think your 20's are the years you create yourself to the best version of you and build the foundation for your future. Just remember, we all build at our own pace.

Signed,

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