Strait On: The history of Quinceañeras

Photo Source: Quinceañera is much more than just a party for a 15-year-old girl of Hispanic descent. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter If you do not come from a Hispanic background you probably (if you know at all) think of a quinceañera as a coming out party for a girl who has reached the age 15. You would be dead wrong if you think it’s just a party; it’s steeped in tradition. The word “quinceañera” never refers to anything but the girl. In Spanish it means “fifteen-year-old female.” But it doesn’t start or stop there. While its cultural beginnings are rooted in Latin America, it is celebrated throughout

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