Quinceañera Latino Traditions

So much of what goes into a quince años celebration, like many other Latino events, is the history behind it. There are tons of quinceanera traditions that have been followed for centuries that you should absolutely consider including in yours.

Madrinas y Padrinos 

Padrinos and madrinas, at their core, are essential members of their Hispanic community who act as patrons or sponsors for family events. Some of the most important celebrations in Hispanic culture only happen because of this very important tradition. These milestone events include quinceañeras, weddings, baby showers and more. Families host beautiful celebrations and they reach out to padrinos to make it happen.

Traditionally, the family organizing the event will ask grandparents, godparents, cousins, uncles, aunts and close friends to accept the honor of being the padrinos for the special occasion. By sponsoring essential items for a celebration, such as a band, cake, venue and more, padrinos help lessen the financial burden on the family. More significantly, padrinos create a sense of community by supporting and pitching in for the main cause. In the Hispanic culture, being asked to be a padrino is an honor and the blessings that the family receives on the special day are said be passed on to their padrinos as well.


El Mariachi

La musica tradicional for events. Usually, a mariachi group consists of at least two violins, two trumpets, one Spanish guitar, a vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar) and one guitarrón (a small-scaled acoustic bass). Nowadays, it is common to have a mix of a Mariachi band and a DJ. This depends on the band, timeline of the event, and the budget you have.

El Baile del Billete

The dollar dance is a tradition of Mexican weddings and Quinceaños. Although it is becoming less and less common, the custom remains with some families. This dance takes place after the first songs of the wedding, after the entrance dance of the couple, the waltz and the song they have shared with their parents and their closest relatives.

Then there is a change in the music with which the floor is opened so that all the guests dance with the newlyweds. When approaching them, the guests place bills in the dress of the bride and in the suit of the groom, with pins so that they do not fall. Tradition serves both to wish abundance and good luck to the couple and to help them start their new home or pay for their honeymoon.

Variations of the tradition have become popular over the years, such as the bride’s shoes are circulated around the tables for guests to deposit their bills, or the bride puts her veil to place them there.


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