Fiestas de Quinceaños

In these times of never-ending changes, sometimes it is nice to have a wake up call and take a look at the traditions that are part of the culture of another country in order to remind us that human nature is the same all over the world. Let’s take a look at the “Fiesta de Quince Años” (Fifteen Year Old’s Party) in Mexico, and we will share a few videos so you can see what these parties look like.

A “Fiesta de Quince Años” (also known as “Quinceañera”) is a special birthday party to celebrate a girl´s 15th birthday in Latin America (Yes, 15 is “quince” in Spanish, you can learn the rest of the numbers here). It is a tradition that is constantly changing to accommodate modern music styles and fads, but it´s underlying structure remains the same, it´s just the music and clothes that have changed over the years.

The style, size and scope of each party depends on the budget of each family, but in general they tend to be loud and fun (and are much more extravagant than others). Regardless of the budget, the main focus of the party is to have fun and celebrate the transition from childhood to young womanhood. The overall structure of the event resembles that of a small wedding; a Church ceremony first and a big reception with music, food and drinks later.

Let’s look at a few examples to have a better idea of what we’re talking about …

Video 1 – The Romantic Quinceañera

This video is from a “Quinceañera” party in Colima, a state in the central-western region of Mexico. As you can see in this video, the celebration was more on the traditional and “romantic” side of things. Nothing wrong or great about it, we are just sharing it with you so you get to see a “taste” of what things look like in other places of the world, where people speak Spanish.

 


Video 2 – The Well Choreographed Quinceañera

Some people go out of their way to make sure their party is an event to remember. In this view we can see a “Quinceñera” with a long and well rehearsed choreography that probably took them weeks to master. Although some of the dance moves are rather “Classical”, their attention to detail and perseverance is something to admire. Let’s take a look at the video of this party organized in Oaxaca, a state in the southern region of Mexico:

 


Video 3 – The Resourceful Quinceañera Party

The last video is an example of how having a low-budget is not an excuse for not having fun while being creative and fun. There is nothing too fancy or extravagant in this “Quinceañera Party” video shot in the northern state of Chihuahua (the cowboy hats may have given you a hint). Here is a video:

 

 

Which video did you like the most? We hope you found this short visual tour of a very specific aspect of the culture of Mexico to be interesting. Come back soon, and thanks for visiting!

 
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