On Saturday evening, Venue 92 hosted its first Quinceañera. It was a lively evening filled with many special Mexican traditions. The celebration was for a Woodstock High School student who turned 15. The event was attended by many friends and family members.
A quinceañera is the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in communities of people from Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
After a holy mass ceremony, guests gathered for a reception where the remaining celebratory events meant to honor the quinceañera took place, including the rendering of gifts. During the reception, the birthday girl danced a traditional waltz with her court of honor. A traditional Mexican meal was served complete with a mariachi band.
Saturday included the traditional ceremony of the Change of Shoes, in which her father presented her with her “first” pair of high heel shoes symbolizing her entry into womanhood, the Crowning ceremony, in which her parents placed a crown on her head and finally, the Ceremony of the last doll, during which she is presented with a doll that she chooses to give to her little sister since she is now a woman.
A wonderful time was had by all who attended in celebration of a very special Quinceañera.