The Wondrous Quinceanera
One of the great things about Miami is her diverse citizenry. As you are no doubt aware, Latin American (particularly Cuban) culture forms a large part of Miami’s cultural stew, and Latin American festivals hold a fair amount of importance here. One such festival is the Quinceanera (often seen as “quince”), the celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. I recently had the opportunity to attend one of these celebrations, as one of my good friend’s daughters was turning 15.
To those of you unfamiliar with the Quinceanera, it is part “Sweet 16,” part Bat Mitzvah, and part debutant ball. The traditions associated with the celebration vary from country (I gather that in Mexico, there is often a large religious component, while in Cuba, it traditionally features a large, choreographed dance â€“ a tradition that my friend upheld, though on a slightly smaller scale than might traditionally be seen). The American variant of the Quince has taken on the characteristics of many Americanized traditions â€“ they get flashier and take on a different kind of importance â€“ one that often is more of a way of maintaining cultural identity than of providing a genuine “rite of passage” experience. As such, the ways people celebrate this occasion are quite varied. As an employee of Millenium Limo, I naturally have a bent towards the use of limousines to enhance any event. Limousines can add quite a glamorous touch to any occasion, and there is no better way to draw attention to the girl of the hour than to have her step out of a sleek black limousine.
No matter how you choose to celebrate your (or your loved one’s) Quinceanera, make sure it’s unique and memorable. Have fun, and keep Millenium Limo in your mind as a possibility!