One of the popular Quinceañera traditions is the father-daughter dance
. As the quince girl dances with her father he passes her on to her chambelan de honor. This symbolizes the father letting go of his daughter because she is now a woman of age. Additionally, the Quinceañera will wear flat-heeled shoes and will be presented with a pair of high-heeled shoes to signify the girl becoming a woman.
The person celebrating her Quinceañera will make a presentation of a porcelain doll to her younger sister (if she has one), symbolizing the last of her toys, another representation of moving forward toward
With much symbolism and significance, gifts are an important part of a Quinceañera tradition.
They denote the young lady's acceptance by the church, by God and by the congregation (her family and friends) as a woman. She wears a tiara as a sign of leaving childhood behind and facing the challenges that lay ahead and she is also presented with either a bracelet or ring (or both) representing the unending circle of life. Earrings are a reminder to listen and pay heed to the word of God and the world around her, a cross or medallion signifies faith and a rosary or prayer book are religious resources to always remind the young lady to remember her devotion to God.
The escort for the girl is the person she dances with.
The escort can be her brother, cousin, family friend, or boyfriend. They dance a special dance, (usually choreographed before the Quince), and often her damas (female friends or family members around her age) and chambelanes (male friends or family members around her age) dance around them in couples. They usually have two dances: a traditional waltz and another choreographed dance.
Saturday, August 28, 2010