The Quinceñera is a coming of age ceremony held on a girl's fifteenth birthday, comparable to a Sweet Sixteen celebration.
In every little girl's upbringing, there is a special moment to which she looks forward with excitement and pride. When a girl reaches her fifteenth birthday in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Central and South America, she celebrates her Quinceañera, and her entire family treats her like a princess for her special day.
Planning begins up to a year in advance of the big day, and everyone is involved. The family priest will perform a Quinceañera ceremony in church. The girl's baptismal godparents will oversee the spiritual celebration, and her many friends and relatives will be delighted for the recognition she will receive as she makes the transition from girl to young lady in everyone's eyes.
The only rite of passage that comes close to Quinceañera traditions is a wedding, with all the pomp and glamor, and the party atmosphere that follows the somewhat more subdued religious atmosphere. There is a significant dress, just as with a wedding, and can be just as expensive and unique as a wedding gown. Flowers and decorations are selected to match the color scheme of the festivities, a reception is held at which guests will be served a grand meal and there will be much dancing and merriment for all in attendance. Often, a live band or DJ are hired for the evening and the atmosphere is energetic and fun.
To arrange for the celebration Mass please contact the Parish Office at 407-322-3795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.