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La quinceañera ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery. What is it? The word quinceañera comes from two Spanish words: quince meaning fifteen and años meaning years.

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1 La quinceañera ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

2 What is it? The word quinceañera comes from two Spanish words: quince meaning fifteen and años meaning years. ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

3 English-Speaking Equivalents  Sweet Sixteen (16)  Bar or Bat Mitzvah (13)  Cotillion  Debutante Ball (18) ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

4 A Celebration ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

5 History  Sweet fifteen  The Mayans  Spanish conquistadors  Ceremonies ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

6 Today  Religious tradition in Mexico and Latin America  A time to reflect on childhood blessings  Welcomes the approaching challenges of adulthood ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

7 Latin America  Mexico  Cuba  Puerto Rico  Latin America ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

8 What is the purpose of the celebration?  Beginning of womanhood  New responsibilities  Faith, good morals  Devotion to community ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

9 Coordination  Family and friends’ effort  Padrinos – godparents  Madrina – godmother  Padrino – godfather ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

10 Los padrinos  Godparents  Support  Advice ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

11 The Location  Church - Mass  Church hall  Banquet hall ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

12 The Dress  The quinceañera arrives in a fancy full- length dress. ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

13 The Court  7 damas  7 chambelanes  quinceañera = 15 ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

14 Attire for the Court ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

15 The Preparation  Arranged according to height  Rehearsals  Dance routines  Waltz – vals in Spanish ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

16 Religion Classes  Relationship with God  Accepted in the Church as an adult ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

17 The Mass  Misa de acción de gracias  Reaffirms values and beliefs  Parish recognizes the young woman as an adult in the eyes of the parish ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

18 Faith  Baptismal vows  Mass of thanksgiving to patron saint  Celebrated on Saturday ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

19 The Blessing  The blessing  El cojín – kneeling pillow  Flowers –  La Biblia ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

20 The Gifts  The quinceañera receives:  A tiara  A scepter  A ring  Earrings  A medal  A Bible ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

21 The Tiara – La diadema  Princess  Triumph over childhood  Faces challenges ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

22 The Scepter – El cetro  Authority and responsibility  Given during introduction ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

23 The Ring - El anillo  Never-ending circle of life ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

24 The Earrings - Los aretes  Listen to the word of God  Hear and respond to the world ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

25 The Medal – La medalla  Signifies faith in God, in herself, and in the world ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

26 The Bible – La Biblia  The Bible represents important resources to keep the word of God in her life. ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

27 The Flowers – Las flores The Bouquet – El ramo  Represents new commitment ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

28 After the Mass  The recessional  Photos  Time to eat ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

29 The Grand Entrance ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

30 The little details! ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

31 Master of Ceremonies  Court  Godparents  Parents  Quinceañera ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

32 The Last Doll – La última muñeca  Last doll  Symbolizes the end of childhood ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

33 The heeled shoes – Los zapatos de tacón  Los zapatos de tacón means high- heeled shoes  First pair of heels  Step out into world as a woman ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

34 The Waltz – El vals  After the changing of the shoes, the quinceañera dances a special Waltz. ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

35 Choreography ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

36 The Cake – El pastel  As part of the celebration, there is an elaborately decorated cake. ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

37 The Memento - Los recuerdos  A memento or small gift ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

38 Cultural Differences  There are some cultural differences in the celebration of the quinceañera’s birthday throughout the Spanish-speaking world. ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

39 Puerto Rico  Religious ceremony  Peacock chair covered with flowers ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

40 Cuba  Wealthy  Lower-income ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

41 Dominican Republic  Formal dress  Choreographed dances ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

42 El Salvador  Fiesta Rosa  Three steps to the ceremony ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

43 Honduras  Similar to a wedding  White or pink dress  Mass  Party ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

44 Perú  No church ceremony  Velitas and rosas  Vals  Party begins ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

45 Quinceañera – Modern Takes on Tradition ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

46 Color,Color and More Color! ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

47 Costume Changes  Quinceañera dresses are changing:  Tighter-fitting  Colorful  Wardrobe change between church and reception ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

48 Bigger Is Better ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

49 Dance Revolution ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

50 Princess for a Night In the end, regardless of the country or location of the event, quinceañera is the girl turning fifteen — and in the eyes of the Spanish- speaking community — becoming a woman. It is about her celebration and for one night, she is the princess. ©2009 Teacher’s Discovery

51 Produced & Written by: Suzanne Rutkowski Project Manager: Tina Groleau Technical Support: Joseph Kohler Special Thanks for use of photos and video: Chihuahua State Department of Tourism Robert Pineda Quinceañera Dreams Choreography Los Angeles, CA


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