Column: Quinceañeras important celebration in Latino culture


As a Mexican with traditional Mexican parents, I have experienced many different traditions.

Ever since I was small, I can remember talking about Quinceañeras with my friends.

We talked about how we would all wear beautiful, sparkly dresses that would make us into beautiful princesses.

I remember my friends and I planning our whole party at an early age. As I planned my Quinceañera party, I dreamed of how on that day I would transform from a girl to a woman in the eyes of everyone.

When I finally turned 14, I decided to have a talk with my parents about this day that meant so much.

My parents told me I would not be able to have a Quinceañera because it was too expensive and they could not afford it.

I was crushed; my dream of becoming a princess was shattered.

As time went on and the end of the year approached, my dad asked me if I still wanted my Quinceañera.

When he said that, I immediately got off my chair and hugged him because I was so happy. I was going to have this great ceremony that meant so much to me.

As we started planning the actual event, I started to look for the place where I would have my traditional Quinceañera ceremony and a location where the party afterward would be held.

There were many details I had to plan but searching for the boys and girls for my ceremony was the most difficult since I was a shy little girl who was not brave enough to ask any boys.

As the days got closer to the event, the girls started to argue that maybe the whole thing would not work because we did not have any boys to dance in the Quinceañera ceremony.

Since many people had to travel, work, and even be in other Quinceañeras, the number of people available to ask was limited.

This really freaked me out. I was two months away from the party I had hoped for ever since I was young and I was passing through the biggest tornado ever.

As days went on, my mom convinced me to ask my neighbors, so I did. Finally, I had two dancing boys with the help of their mom who agreed to help.

In the end, everything went well for me.

I hope I can help others with this experience and share some of my Mexican traditions to spice up everyone’s life.

I also hope I can help other people overcome challenges such as the one I had and be able to be calm about any future challenges.

Laura Olmos was a member of the Walla Walla School Latino Club and a 2014 graduate of Walla Walla High School. She was involved in Wa-Hi Link Crew, has been a volunteer for the Garrison Night School pre-literacy program, and a recipient of the 2014 Wa-Hi Latino Club “ADELANTARSE” scholarship. She plans to attend Washington State University this fall.


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