// Celebrating the “quinceañera” in Bogotá //
- Work in progress -
“Quinceañera” also called « fiesta de quince años » is the celebration of a girl's fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America and marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood. If the celebration varies significantly across countries, it has a great importance in Colombia where it is very traditional and common.
From an anglo-saxon perspective, the festival would seem a combination of a “sweet sixteen” birthday party combined with a coming out ball for debutantes. The « quinceañera”, i.e. the birthday girl usually wears a big colorful dress that is the visible centerpiece of this celebration and mirrors what Cinderella might’ve worn to her fairytale ball.
The “Quinceañera” is usually considered as mini “bodas”, or miniature weddings and a lot of families do not hesitate to spend millions of pesos to organize the event, even among the poorest ones.