We planned to hold a big party for all the girls that were turning 15 this year. In Mexican culture, this is called the Quinceanera. It is a coming of age party that is celebrated by families, and has all the importance of a wedding or a baptism, or a confirmation- a really big event with all your family and friends. This whole plan came to be from a single Facebook notification that popped up on someones newsfeed from one of the girls with an upcoming birthday. Since these events are such big events, we worked with pastor Rudy's church in Colonet to throw a party all the girls in the congregation with all the music, flowers and banquet to go along with it.
Before the Quinceañera, all eight of the girls participating had to buy their dresses weeks in advance, they were all beautiful floral patterns, as this was going to be the theme. We had three girls from Rainier View participating and five girls from San Vicente and Colonet where Rudy's church is. We were all very nervous and were kind of unsure what was going to happen.
During the service not very much was translated in English. From a participants point of view it was very nerve-racking but ultimately a very fascinating experience. I personally already knew what happens at Quinceañera's because of family and friends. I was luck enough to have gone to one of my friends Quinceaneras before, but is really is different when you are the one up in front of everyone. For others who had not witnessed an event like this, I think it was definitely a surprise to some of us.
After the cereomony we went out to eat in forty foot tents that were set up the day before, which took all day to make sure that they would not blow away in the wind. The ladies from the church worked very hard to cook Chicken, rice, and a cabbage pasta salad.
All of the girls were walked down the aisle by a family member or family friend. There was a song that was being played as we walked down the aisle, it was specifically for Quinceañera's . During the service all of the girls were given bibles and a bouquet of flowers. After the Quinceañera we took tons of pictures! We spent lots of time setting up elaborate decorations, and put together stunning flower bouquets. The actual Quinceañera was about four hours long, however all the time and preparation put into it was outstanding, I am very delighted that i was able to be apart of the experience.
- Mackenzie Stankatis
A brief slideshow of the girls and their families at the party.
I think we had 200+ People there- many of which were families that did not regularly attend church! They all came to see their daughters, sisters, cousins and friends to support them in this transition to young womanhood.
In the video is the procession to the stage, with each young woman being escorted by their fathers, mothers or trusted family members to the front of the stage.