Proud Heritage, Sweet Traditions
2 Oct 2011
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 QuinceaÃ±era, 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!