Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Cultural Experience

Submitted by Michelle

Over the weekend I experienced a Mexican Quinceañera. Claudia, the daughter of my front row friend Veronica, turned 15 this month and in their culture it is traditional to have a coming of age ceremony, much like the Jewish Bar Mitzvah or the American Sweet 16.
The day started with a special mass at a Catholic Church. Celeste and David went with me.
Isn't her dress amazing???

Though the mass was in Spanish, I know enough of the language to understand most of what was going on. During the mass Claudia read scripture and expressed her love for and gratitude of her family. Veronica also spoke about Claudia, expressing how proud she was of her and how much she loved her.
Celeste's older brother Gregory was a chambelan. He was one of several young men who served as Claudia's escorts for the celebration.
Afterwards, there was a party to celebrate Claudia, complete with dinner and dancing. Claudia and the Chambelans performed 2 dances that they have been rehearsing for several months. They did an amazing job!

Claudia in her dancing dress and her beautiful mom, Veronica

I was so happy to be included in such a special and joyous occasion. Having lived in Southern California for most of my life, I found it so interesting to take part in something that I have heard about for years but never experienced first hand. Congratulations, Claudia!

1 comment:

Veronica said...

Thanks Michelle for joining us - it made the celebration that much special. ;-)