QUINCEANERA LIMO SERVICE
One of the most memorable moments in a Latina's life is her Quinceanera. The word literally translates to ‘a girl who is 15 years old’. That is exactly what the celebration is, a way of celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday. Commonly in the US, it's a girl's 16th birthday that gets all the special attention, much in that same tone, however, a bit more lavish is where a Quinceanera fits in.
The tradition is celebrated throughout the world; all the Latin countries, across South America and Europe as well as in the United States, including the Twin Cities.
Latinos are the fasting growing population in Minnesota. Since 1990 the Latino population has dramatically increased by more than 500% according to the State of Minnesota.
Traditionally, the Quinceanera was treated as a rite of passage, a way for a female to transition from a girl to a young woman, similar to a Bat Mitvah in the Jewish tradition or a Confirmation in the Catholic religion. In recent times the Quinceanera has evolved into being the first important event in a girl’s life, being outshined only by a future wedding.
Celebrations normally begin at church with the ‘Misa de Accion de Gracias’ which translates to ‘thanksgiving mass’. A long gown is worn in a color of the girl’s choosing and she carries a bouquet to match. After the church mass, the guests are welcomed to a reception hall where the Quinceanera party will take place. In rural regions, the party usually takes place outside where tables, chairs or maybe even tents are setup to accommodate the guests.
Decorations and balloons with the same color as the girl’s dress are a must. Flowers are not to be missed as well. The majority of the party consists of dancing and having dinner, however, there are several traditions that can be a part of the celebration. Most of these traditions are similar and they largely depend on the country where the Quinceanera is happening.
Fourteen male and fourteen female attendants of the party do a dance with the Quinceanera girl to represent the fourteen years of her life that have past.
The girl receives a porcelain doll from her grandparents to represent the last doll that she will own. In some places, the birthday girl gives a doll to a younger sister to show that she is no longer a child.
The girl takes her flat shoes and replaces them with high-heels to prove that she is becoming a young woman and then traditionally the birthday girl dances the first dance with her father.
It is believed that this tradition originated thousands of years ago in Aztec and Mayan times. Much later it was influenced by Christian practices and today’s version of Quinceanera was created.
Considering how old these customs are and moreover the fact that they are largely influenced by cultures that don’t exist anymore, it is very important to keep practicing these traditions and transfer them to the next generations. That being said, let there be no mistake.
Today's Quinceanera is a spectacular event with parents spending, literally, as much as they can. Limousines, extravagant dresses, diamond studded tiaras, decorations, cakes and of course gifts.
At Bloomington Limo Service we have the experience and expertise to ensure your daughter's Quinceanera transportation needs will be as memorable as the celebration itself. Call us or fill out the form above to get the party started!