In the US we have the cotillion, in Canada the Sweet 16, in Japan the seijin shiki, and in China the Ji Li but in the Latin American neighborhood a girl’s coming of age celebration is known as a quinceanera or Sweet 15. The ceremony marks a girl’s transition from youngster to young lady, and is really frequent in all Latin American nations. Nonetheless, each and every nation has its personal traditions for the Sweet 15. These of the Mexican communities in the US will be a lot distinct than those of the Dominican Republic.
A complete Mass at a Catholic Church marks the beginning of a Dominican quinceanera, and is later followed with a celebration. No doubt you have received a formal invitation to the event the commence occasions for everything will be on it. Remain accurate to traditional Dominican time customs, arrive about an hour after what is indicated on the invitation. You could be left sitting there by yourself if you do otherwise. At the door of the celebration or reception, be positive to bring along the invitation. Extremely frequently these sorts of events are held at a public spot, hence invitations are required to avoid ‘gate-crashers’.
Bring a gift, card and be positive it is all wrapped nicely. Silver image frames are well-liked, but use good sense and when in doubt ask a few regional women what they suggest for a quinceanera gift. Most Sweet 15 parties are attended by the entire extended loved ones of the guest of honor, virtually the entire school she attends and hundreds of other guests. Make positive you have formal dress just before you get prepared to go. Gentlemen, be ready to put on your best suit. Ladies ought to have their hair nicely styled and also have a manicure for the event. In choosing your dress, be really careful not to out-do the quinceanera’s dress. Uncover out ahead of time what her dress colour is and pick some thing diverse.
At the initial Mass, 14 couples will accompany the quinceanera and her partner to the altar for the entire service. When absolutely everyone arrives at the reception, a excellent deal of dancing must be expected. The young guest of honor initial will waltz with her partner, then her father, and maybe a couple of uncles. Then it is customary for all 15 male escorts to execute a series of choreographed dances. A assortment of music will be played, including classical, salsa and pop.
The reception will also incorporate a massive buffet and an open bar. Normally, young men from 13 years will be served alcohol, but the ladies beneath 18 will abstain. All the guests will be asked to sign an album and will be given celebration favors as well.