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History And Traditions Of A Quinceanera Party

Traditionally in Mexico, when a young girl turns fifteen, the party thrown is called a Quinceanera party. It is also the same term used to refer to the girl who is turning fifteen, she is the Quinceanera. It combines the two Spanish word quince, which means fifteen and anos which means years.

Even though the custom of celebrating the transition a female child makes into womanhood is one that was likely practiced in ancient times, the customs that are particularly associated with the Quinceanera party are probably dated back to the years 1876-1811, when Porfirio Diaz was president. He was well known for being captivated by anything and everything that was European, there are actually many European customs that Mexico adopted when he was president and known as el Porfiriato.

Based on Quinceanera traditions, a Quinceanera party, will usually begin at church with a mass that is called masa de Accion de Gracias, translated that is Thanksgiving Mass, at this moment the birthday girl is given thanks for making the transition from child to young woman. The attire for the birthday girl is a full-length ball gown, the color is hers to choose and she carried a bouquet to match it.

After mass is completed, the guests all head to a lavish banquet hall where a party will be held, there are times in which this is done in a tent area with rural tables and chairs from the community, the point is that the festivities are accommodated. Everywhere you will find balloons, flowers and decorations that match the birthday girls dress. There will be food, drink, music and dancing during the party, there are however also a few very special traditions that are part of the party, these however will vary from region to region.

Here are a few of the traditional elements that are found at a Quinceanera party:

Chambelanes

Translated this would be chamberlains, these boys or young men are in charge of escorting the Quinceanera and perform a dance with her that has been choreographed, Although referred to as a waltz, the dance usually incorporates other styles of dance.

El Primer Ramo De Flores

Translated it means the first bouquet of flowers, this is something that the quinceanera is offered, these symbolize the first flowers she receives as a young woman.

La Ultima Muneca

During the festivities, the Quinceanera is presented with a doll, this is symbolic as the last doll she will ever receive. Now that she has turned fifteen, she is no longer a child and will no longer play with dolls. Part of the ritual consists of her then passing the doll on to a younger sister o other family member.

Fifteen Pinatas

To symbolize each year of her life that has passed, the Quinceanera breaks fifteen small pinatas.

The highlight of the party is when the lavish and birthday cake that is multi-tiered is cut and family as well as guests join together to sing the birthday song that is traditionally sung; Las Mananitas to the Quinceanera.

This is a celebration that is huge in Mexico, it is one that can be quite expensive for the family. This is why it is customary for extended family as well as close family friends to contribute with either money or the things needed to make this party a dream come true for the Quinceanera.

All About Celtic Zodiac Animals

The Iron Age Celtic tribes of Europe were, even at their zenith, a mysterious people even to their closest neighbors. Though their bards knew many centuries of oral traditions and their priests and mystics had charted the movement of the stars and seasons, they never committed most of their knowledge to writing. Most of what we know about these fascinating peoples comes from the accounts of Roman and later Christian authors who detailed the lifestyles, practices and beliefs of these peoples, albeit through a very biased set of lenses that none the less paint a fascinating portrait of a society well aware of the world around them.

Among other elements of the world in which the Celts lived, their sages and seers noted the movements of the stars in the sky. Though a truly complete picture of Celtic astrology is likely lost forever, enough of their ancient wisdom was recorded to create an interesting system of astrological correspondences rivaling those of other societies. Through observing the skies above and the planets and stars therein, the ancient Celts found a number of traits on Earth being reflected by the stars. These traits were eventually codified into the Celtic zodiac, a system based on the observations of thirteen separate constellations that these ancient peoples knew very well.

Like many other civilizations that emerged around the same time, such as the Babylonians and Chinese, the Celts saw the images of animals they knew on Earth reflected in the stars above them. Ancient Celtic seers noted thirteen major constellations in total, each of them reflecting a different animal that the Celts of early Europe knew in great detail. Some of these animals, such as the hawk and the stag, were drawn from daily observations of natural animals in their environment. Others come from a more mythological perspective, such as those of the sea serpent and the unicorn. A few involved uniquely Celtic archetypes, particular the separate constellations of the black horse and the white horse.

Based on their observations of these creatures, the Celts conceived of a wide range of astrological traits that were reflected from the constellations on to Earth. Each trait associated with these animals in Celtic folklore is found in a wide range of ordinary human beings, from the powerful personalities and protective natures of the green dragon to the affectionate, domestic attitudes of the seahorse. Though the full depths of these systems is apparently lost forever, their legacy endures.