Quinceanera means “a girl who is fifteen years old.” It began as a tradition in the Americas, particularly in Mexico, Central, and South America. It is also frequently celebrated by Hispanic Catholics in the dioceses of the United States of America.
Quinceanera is a traditional celebration of thanksgiving for a young girl’s life and her passage to womanhood. Her parents, relatives, and friends ask God to pour His blessings and protection upon her as she is formally presented to society for the first time. The celebration is not a sacrament such as Baptism or Confirmation.
The Quinceanera Mass is an Act of Thanksgiving for Life and Faith, crowned by God’s blessing. It is an opportunity for the young girl to consolidate her commitment to her faith.