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Proud Heritage, Sweet Traditions

Sweet Traditions

I was lucky enough today to capture this proud and sweet tradition on the street of my town Franklin, Tenn. This was to be a Quinceañera, a tradition that celebrates a girl's 15th birthday and the journey from a child to a woman. After Mass, her friends, sisters and cousins pass out bolos which are small gifts to those in attendance. She will also place her bouquet on the altar to honor the Virgin Mary.

During the ceremony, the girl will deliver 15 candles to the people who she considers the most influential in her life. The 15 candles represent the 15 years she has left behind. Each one a special memory or moment. After the ceremony there is a party with dancing and cake, much like a wedding reception.

I loved seeing this moment, especially with the colorful and beautiful dress and her excitement of being in the spotlight.

Feliz Cumplanos or Happy Birthday!

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8 responses

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (2 Oct 2011):

    Great story!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole said (2 Oct 2011):

    I didn't know that they had this tradition. Great photos and story Debbie.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (2 Oct 2011):

    great tradition, awesome photo essay :)

  • Ramír Delgado

    Ramír Delgado gave props (5 Oct 2011):

    Excellent story, but her taste for the color of the dress, not good.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (6 Oct 2011):

    I did not know about this tradition. What a blessing to have 15 people be a positive influence and only be 15. A great photo essay.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Oct 2011):

    We see the Quinceañera celebrations here at times. They young women wear such colorful dresses and are so much in the spotlight with photographers following them. I enjoyed your story, I did not know the parts about what they do for the celebration, I just see them when they are outdoors in a park. Good story and info Debbie.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Oct 2011):

    PS - I voted on this excellent series and story : )

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (10 Oct 2011):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

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