Today she spent hours having her hair and makeup done to perfection and is cloaked in a big poofy dress she has dreamed of since she was a little girl. She makes her way to the ballroom in a beautiful white limousine. The doors of the limousine are opened by her main Chambelan, or escort. He holds out his hand to take hers and says, “Today is your day, beautiful.” As she makes an entrance through the ballroom doors, her heart is pumping fast and all have their eyes on her. She can’t help but think that it is all too good to be true. She waited so long and often thought this day would never come, but today is the day. She finally turns fifteen; today is the day of her forever dreamed of Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a celebration that is…show more content… n.d.). If she does marry then she is toted on the back of an elder woman to her future husband’s home. If she does not marry by the age of sixteen or seventeen then she is to choose whether to become a priestess or take care of her parents back home. This choice also depends on her social class. If she is a wealthy girl then she has an option but if she is a poor girl then she has to marry someone within that year for survival. This survival is for the family because if the girl marries then her husband will be able to bring in money and that is a good thing (“Quinceanera: History of a Tradition”). The origination of the Quinceañera also ties in with the meaning.
Celebrations are celebrated with a meaning. A Quinceañeras meaning is strongly based on the idea of changing into a woman (Alvarez 101). It is also another indication for announcing that she is ready for marriage (Trupe 101). During this time the girl is being allowed to wear makeup, jewels, and high heels (FalcÓn 75). She is also allowed to go out to adult parties and shave her legs (Alvarez 2). Back in the Aztec times the celebration of the fifteenth birthday was for “preparing young women for their roles in society.” This celebration, back then, was not called a Quinceañera; it had no name and it was referred to as a typical festival. On this day, the girl’s mother and other