Quince – My Sweet 15

Alyssa Silva, a fifteen-year-old from Austin, Texas, celebrated her quinceañera with her family and friends last November. “When we were at the church and my father blessed me during the ceremony, we both cried. It was very emotional for us. He was very proud of me,” says Silva.

“Mine was different than my sister’s “quince” because I had girls and boys in my court. She just had boys. She wanted to be set apart. I wanted my friends to be there, because they know I’ve been wanting this since I was little,” explains Silva. Silva chose burgundy for her friend’s dresses and white, black and burgundy tuxes for the guys.

When asked what kind of preparations she made for the reception part of her quinceañera, Alyssa said she decided not to have formal dancing since many of her friends would not be able to practice because of their commitments to sports. “We just had slow dancing,” she says, “less stress for me!”

“I had a theme – roses and Cinderella. Everyone had glass slippers on their tables with my photograph in them. My cake was also white and three tiered with rose petals,” Silva explains, seemingly pleased with her choice.

No matter which traditions are integrated into the event, it remains one which strengthens cultural roots and reinforces values. Silva says she is surprised not as many girls want to do a quinceañera and that it is sad that the tradition is fading. She says girls are getting cars instead. On choosing her ceremony over a car, Silva affirms, “My quinceañera made me feel special. I have gotten this far. I’ve had all my sacraments. I wanted this. It only happens once in a lifetime.”

By Laura Donnelly

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