Derived from “quince” for 15 and “años” for years, la fiesta Quinceañera is a rite of passage for teenage girls of Mexican heritage, marking not just a 15th birthday celebration, but also the transition from childhood to young womanhood.

While every young woman celebrates in her own memorable way, a Quinceañera typically begins with a special mass for the young woman and her family, followed by a reception filled with friends, food and dancing. The next morning a special breakfast—known as “recalentado” (rewarming)—is held so leftovers from the night before, like Chicken Mole with Nopalitos, can be enjoyed again for brunch.

Today, many families are merging Mexican and American heritages by celebrating a Sweet Sixteen in a similar fashion as the traditional Quinceañera.


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