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This past weekend was my sisters “quienceñera.” A quienceñera for those who don’t know, is when a girl turns 15 years old and gets a big party out of it. Kind of like a “sweet 16” for American girls. However, a quince, has more meaning to why it’s a big deal for Latinos. A quince symbolizes the transition from childhood to now a young women. Unlike a sweet 16, at a quinceñera, it is required to:
1. wear a big, “puffy” dress (usually pink)
2. Have a “court” of your closest friends to dance the waltz with (usually 7 boys, 7 girls making it equal 14, therefore the quinceñera is 15)
3. The quinceñera must have a “caballero” which means a gentleman (a prince of some sort to dance with)
4. Have a change of shoes, from flats (or in my sisters case, converse) to heels-symbolizing womanhood.
5. A father and daughter dance.

Those are the top 5 requirements for a quince, but there is a lot more to it.

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My sister (above) with her big, pink dress.

My sisters party was not as huge as most people make it due to the fact that she did not want a quince in the first place- but she had no choice, so we made a simple party for her.

If it were any other quince, I probably would have went with a fancy “cocktail” dress, but since I am the quinceñera’s sister, I had to be dressed a bit extra elegant for the party.

My dress was teal, aqua colored with all sequence. It is a long dress that is fitting but a little lose when it gets to the bottom. Not necessarily a mermaid dress, where the bottom expands out, but oh, did I feel like a mermaid in this dress! Haha 🙂

My dress: bought in Lord&Taylors, brand by “Basix” black label
My heels: shinny nude colored heels, Aldo.

My sisters dress/or any other quinceñera dresses could be found online (where she found hers) or at stores like “Group USA” or “David’s Bridal”

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