Fundación Corazón de Niña
Why culture is important
We celebrate Mexican culture at Corazón de Niña to instill in our children and youth a sense of pride, identity and community, of value and belonging. Below is one such event.
Quinceañera (keensay an-yay-ra) in Mexico
Quinceañera or “fifteen year old girl”, also called fiesta de quince años, fiesta de quinceañera, quince años or simply quince, is a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in parts of Latin America. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other as it marks the transition from childhood to young womanhood.
Quinceanera at Corazón de Niña
Each year we have a number of girls turning fifteen. There is much preparation in the weeks leading up to the big day. Dresses are bought or made. Make-up is readied. Volunteers are organized. Food is prepared. Then Quinceanera arrives and with it,there is great excitement and trepidation.
It begins at Casa Corazón with the Presentation. One by one, the girls walk down a long staircase to an admiring crowd. Next, the priest arrives and holds Mass, an emotional and spiritual time. And finally, in the evening, the grand ball at the Marriott Hotel. For these girls, it is a Cinderella day they will never forget.
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