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November 10, 2009 - Katherine Joyce
Saturday I attended the birthday party of a girl in my school who turned fifteen and her parents gave her a quincienera as a gift. What happens is she then invites 14 of her closest girl friends to be her damas and then she walks into the party with her cabellero who can be a close friend or in many cases your brother. Then her parents come in with her dad carrying high heeled shoes. Next her dad exchanges one of her slippers for a high heeled shoe and then her mom does the same. Right after the fourteen damas are presented and they stand in two lines facing each other about 5 feet apart, seven on each side. The birthday girl, who is dressed as a princess with a tierra and gorgeous gown, dances to each dama, who is holding a lit candle, and blows out each one symbolizing her passing from a child to an adult. Sometime during the party their is an hour loco in which crazy dancers come in a everyone is jumping/dancing and just making tons of noise. When each of her friends leaves they are presented with a small token to remember the party. It is an amazing experience and I think the U.S. should adopt this tradition.
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