One of the most important celebrations in Hispanic culture is the tradition of the quinceañera. This constitutes a ceremony on a girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her passage to womanhood and to present a young woman to the community. In Hispanic communities, the quinceañera serves not only to honor the young woman for her maturity, but also the girl’s parents and family. In former times, the girl’s fifteenth birthday would have signaled that she was an active, adult member of the community. Today, the tradition has taken on other meanings, but remains a celebration of womanhood, family and community.
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