A Quinceanera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl's coming of age - her 15th birthday. Today's celebrations embrace religious customs, and the virtues of family and social responsibility. The tradition celebrates the young girl, and recognizes her journey from childhood to maturity. These customs highlight God, family, friends, music, food and dance.
The Quinceanera celebration traditionally begins with a religious ceremony. A reception is held in the home or a banquet hall. The festivities include food and music, and in most, a choreographed waltz or dance performed by the young woman and her Court. It is a tradition to chose special friends to participate in what is called the Court of Honor.
Your special young woman traditionally wears a ball gown, with her court dressed in gowns and tuxedos. There are many traditions throughout the celebration. One of the most popular is the Changing of the Shoes. The father or favored male relative ceremoniously changes the young girls flat shoes to high heels. This is a beautiful symbol of the young girls transformation from a little girl to a young lady.
The "Last Doll" is used as part of the ceremony or as decoration and keepsake. The doll represents the last things of a child, now that she will focus on the things of a young lady. In some Hispanic cultures, the Capias (or printed ribbon) has the young woman's name and date are printed on the doll. Some of my clients have asked me to draw a portrait of the young woman's doll to hang beside her pencil portrait.
In another custom, to symbolize leaving Childhood things behind, she passes om her "Last Doll" to a young sibling. These are special moments in a young woman's life that can be memorialized in a pencil portrait. That is why it is so important to memorialize these moments. Your pencil portrait can be designed with multiple pictures leading up to the young person's 15th birthday, or Quinceanera. All you need to do is contact me on pricing. Often my customers contact me to to thank me for memorializing their beautiful daughters special moment.