Monday, August 15, 2011

Fiesta de Quinceañera

This past Friday night we attended a quince birthday party (15th) for one of our neighbor friends.  It was our first to attend in Latin culture.  A few years back David attended one in K'ekchi', but I was sick and could not go.  It is always educational to attend events like this to help understand and learn more about the life and culture of the people.  We had a fun time.

Other than the first birthday, which they make a big deal of, the fifteenth birthday is the most important for a young girl.  It marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.  It is a very special time for the girl and her family. 

Here are some photos from the party-
The birthday girl dresses up in formal wear and is presented to her family and friends.

She wanted a photo with Cruz but he would not let her hold him.  He normally loves her.  He was not feeling very well that day and was not interested in anyone holding him but his mama.  That is very uncommon for him, and I did not like him being so unsocial. 

Here is a photo of the cakes. 

All of the decorations were very pretty.  The family really worked hard and spent a lot of money on the party.  We liked how all of the family came together to help make it a success.  It made us really sad that about less than an hour into the party it came a huge rain storm.  Most of the decorations were torn down and all of the tables and chairs were soaked (despite having tarps up).  The storm was short, but was just enough to make a huge, muddy mess. 

Like most any gathering here there was music- loud music. 

This was her pinata.  Her aunt made it and she was also the one who made Cruz's birthday pinatas.

She had a butterfly theme and they had butterflies hanging everywhere.

As the guests arrived they greeted the birthday girl and gave her a gift.  After most everyone was there we all sat down to a meal.  We were served grilled beef, rice, potato salad, tortillas, and canned drinks.  There was well over one hundred people there.

After the meal the dancing began.  She had her first dance with her uncle and then other family took turns dancing with her.

Lesly and her grandmother

The had fifteen white balloons hanging overhead and as she danced with different people she would use the stick in her hand and pop one of the balloons. 

Isn't she a pretty girl!

This is a photo of some of the younger girls watching her dance.  I can just imagine them dreaming of their quince birthday. 

After that Cruz and I walked home.  It was already past his bedtime and he was starting to get cranky.  David hung around to take a few more photos for me.  They started the pinata and many of the kids got a chance to break it. 

Once that was over they served everyone cake and the real dancing began.  They live just around the corner from us so we heard the celebration continue well into the night.  It was a fun party.  Lesly is a sweet girl and we were proud to be able to celebrate her special day with her.

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