Quinceañeras are usually divided into two events – the Mass and a Fiesta.
Many quinceañera celebrations begin with a special Mass attended by the “quinceanera,” her parents, godparents, and court of honor. The court, known as damas and chambelanes, usually consists of seven to 15 pairs of the celebrant’s friends.
During this mass, the “quinceanera” receives Holy Communion and recommits to her baptismal vows. She may present flowers or gifts to the statue of the Virgin Mary. Before the Mass ends, the priest will bless the “quinceañera.”
Traditional dances typically open up the fiesta. Some of these dances require months of practice, like the waltzes. The father-daughter dance is always a memory maker. And after the traditional dances, it’s time for music chosen by the birthday guest of honor. There’s wonderful food, cake, and toasts to a milestone in a young woman’s life.