The time has arrived: you’ve heard people talking about a quinceanera f o r e v er, but now that you’re almost 15 and ready for yours it hits you…what is a quinceanera? Well, we’re here to help! Grab a snack, get comfy and settle in, we’re talking quinces!
What is a Quinceanera?
The fiesta de quince años (also known as fiesta de quinceañera, quince años, quinceañero, and quince) is a celebration of the 15th birthday. The Quinceañera, or the girl who is turning 15, celebrates the transition from a young girl to a lady. No longer a child, and capable of independence in that she can make her own decisions. (Finally, am I right ladies?!) This symbolizes her transition and growth into womanhood. Simply put: this is a fiesta showing your family and friends that you aren’t the little girl they once knew anymore, you are now transitioning into an individualistic woman!
What Do We Do?
Like we said above, a quince is a party, so you’re going to have a blast! Your night will include the mass, food, photos, dancing, cake, the introduction of the court (your damas and chambelanes), changing the shoe ceremony, a surprise dance, and much more. Don’t worry, it can seem overwhelming but we are here to help! We have a step by step checklist, and tons of articles and ideas on how to make your quince the most magical night.
Traditionally, the order of fun is as follows.
Order Of Events
Religious Celebration: The quinceanera (you) will be walked down the aisle accompanied by parents and godparents. You are then presented to the center of the altar for the mass. After the mass, you can choose to do the crowning or changing of shoes. However, usually, these quinceanera traditions occur at the reception.
Quinceanera Reception: After the religious celebration, the festivities can begin with lots of food, drinks, and music. Sometimes, quince parties are organized around a particular theme. For ideas, see our themes!
The Introduction of the Court of Honor: We can’t wait to dance, but before we start, your court of honor is presented ahead of you. Each name of your court de honor is announced as they enter. This announcement is usually done with background music.
The Presentation of the Quinceanera: After your court of honor is presented, it’s your time to shine! You would typically walk in on the arm of your escort, the chambelan de honor.
Crowing of the Quinceanera: Your mother usually performs your crown transition because this is where your headpiece is replaced with a tiara or crown.
Changing of the Shoes: Right before the quince waltz, your dad (or another person of honor in your life) will change your shoes from flats to heels. After the shoe change, you would hug the person who changed them. You are now ready to waltz in heels!
The Quinceanera Waltz: The main highlight of the quinceanera is the waltz. In most cultures, the quinceanera first dances with her father during a special song. The quinceanera can then dance with her chambelan de honor and finally the court can join in.
The Thank You: The parents give thanks to their daughter turning for out so beautifully. Then, they thank God for bringing her to them and for bringing her safely to her quince. Next, the daughter gives thanks to her parents for everything they do as well as giving her the party. She also gives thanks to the padrinos and guests for their contributions and for coming.