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Quinceañera (Spanish pronunciation: [kinθeaˈɲeɾa]; feminine form of "fifteen-year-old"), also called fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, quince años, quinceañero or simply quince, is a celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America
and elsewhere in Latin American communities. This birthday is
celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
Latin myths and tradition tell about how girls were prepared for
marriage by age fifteen or else they became nuns. In the years prior to
their fifteenth birthdays, girls were taught to cook, weave, and about
childbearing by the elder women in their communities in preparation for
their expected lives as married women.
The celebrations today vary significantly across countries;
celebrations in some countries, for example, have taken on more
religious overtones than in others.
In Brazil, a Portuguese-speaking country, the same celebration is called festa de debutantes, baile de debutantes or festa de quinze anos. In the French Caribbean and French Guiana, it is called fête des quinze ans. The grandest parties are comparable to the debutante
balls formerly found in the United Kingdom and the United States. The
quinceañera is celebrated according to their national traditions by many
Latino communities in the United States.
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