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 community a girl’s coming of age celebration is named a quinceanera or Sweet 15. The ceremony marks a girl’s transition from child to young woman, and is extremely frequent in all Latin American nations. Nonetheless, every country has its own traditions for the Sweet 15. Those of the Mexican communities in the US will be a lot different than these of the Dominican Republic.
A complete Mass at a Catholic Church marks the starting of a Dominican quinceanera, and is later followed with a celebration. No doubt you have received a formal invitation to the occasion the begin occasions for almost everything will be on it. Keep accurate to standard Dominican time customs, arrive about an hour following what is indicated on the invitation. You could be left sitting there by your self if you do otherwise. At the door of the celebration or reception, be certain to bring along the invitation. Extremely frequently these types of events are held at a public spot, as a result invitations are needed to stop ‘gate-crashers’.
Bring a gift, card and be confident it is all wrapped nicely. Silver image frames are well-liked, but use excellent sense and when in doubt ask a few nearby women what they suggest for a quinceanera gift. Most Sweet 15 parties are attended by the entire extended family members of the guest of honor, practically the complete school she attends and hundreds of other guests. Make certain you have formal dress ahead of you get ready to go. Gentlemen, be ready to wear your ideal suit. Ladies ought to have their hair nicely styled and also have a manicure for the event. In deciding on your dress, be extremely careful not to out-do the quinceanera’s dress. Locate out ahead of time what her dress colour is and pick something distinct.
At the initial Mass, 14 couples will accompany the quinceanera and her companion to the altar for the whole service. When every person arrives at the reception, a excellent deal of dancing need to be expected. The young guest of honor first will waltz with her companion, then her father, and perhaps a couple of uncles. Then it is customary for all 15 male escorts to perform a series of choreographed dances. A variety of music will be played, including classical, salsa and pop.
The reception will also include a large buffet and an open bar. Typically, young guys from 13 years will be served alcohol, but the ladies under 18 will abstain. All the guests will be asked to sign an album and will be given celebration favors as properly.