This is the most important ceremony in a girl’s life next to her wedding. To celebrate this coming of age, there is a Thanksgiving Mass (Misa de Acción de Grácias) at the family’s church. The Quinceañera is escorted by a head chamberlain (chambelan), other chamberlains, maids of honor (damas), her godparents (padrinos) and her parents. This is a formal occasion & deeply resembles a wedding. The Quinceañera has bridesmaids & wears a glamorous dress with gorgeous jewelry to make herself stand out.
When the females take their pledge, the deacon’s wife assists them in taking their caps off. When the ceremony is over, each member is welcomed with a holy kiss on the hand from either the bishop of the bishop’s wife. After the ceremony, everyone enjoys a feast and celebrates entering adulthood. Another ritual that is important to the Amish community is marriage. An Amish wedding ceremony is very similar to other wedding ceremonies.
After the wedding ceremony is over, there will be a wedding party. In the party, the couples involve some step such as cutting wedding cake, pouring wine joining wine with their family and going to every table with their parents for presentation. Even though most of Vietnamese still follow the traditional steps; there are some changes in the wedding. First about the wedding party, in the past, only close relatives and friends were invited to wedding parties held mostly at home. Since,
Cross Cultural Field Experience My cultural field experience is about a Quinceanera celebration I recently attended with a friend. A Quinceanera, “is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl’s coming of age or her 15th birthday” (Quinceanera traditions). Quinceanera celebrations typically reflect religious customs, and the virtues of family and social responsibility. The tradition is about celebrating the life of a young girl (often referred to as la Quinceanera) and it recognizes her journey from childhood to maturity. The celebration took place at a banquet hall that was elaborately decorated like you would find at a wedding reception.
Introduction Quinceanera’s are a very big tradition for hispanics. This tradition originated in Mexico and was started by the Aztecs. It is a right of passage for young girls (age 14), going into womanhood (age 15). Young girls get to dress up like a princess and have all the attention on them for once. There's a lot of preparations that is required to plan and have a Quince, but it is worth it.
My aunt Flavia taught me how. She has taught me how to make different desserts. This is my favorite dessert to make; I make flan for almost all my families’ parties. I have even thought of making some and selling them. All of the people that have tried it love it.
Although Schechter and Orenstein seem to share these similar feministic views on princess culture, it may seem to be that Schechter carries a more liberal, open minded view on princess culture and Orenstein has a more radical closed minded view on princess culture. Schechter begins by talking about her trip to Disney World with her three daughters, who are seven, four and four, and her husband. The trip was planned especially for her three daughters which meant as much princess exposure as possible and as Schechter states, it consisted of “The girls packed their favorite princess costumes, and agonized every morning regarding which costume they would wear to the parks. We stood in lengthy lines to meet princesses, we watched princess shows, we ate at a special princess character dinner, and I even saved up all of my Disney credit card points for the princess make-overs at the “Bibbiddi Bobbidi Boutique” in Cinderella’s castle” (Schechter 1) Schechter talks about how all her friends are feminist who despise the princess culture and do not want their daughters to even come in
Somebody thought it natural for her to play” (96). Something so simple as being taught how to play checkers, thrilled Janie and it is the first time I believe Janie felt respected by a man. Tea Cake and Janie go on to meet again and again, each time Tea Cake showing Janie something she had never done before. He takes her fishing, to a picnic, and they end up spending all their time together. Tea Cake is really affectionate with Janie and even combs her hair and picks the dandruff out.
BIRTHDAYS But a convenient day arrived when Herod spread an evening meal on his birthday for his high officials and the military commanders and the most prominent men of Gal′i·lee. 22 And the daughter of He·ro′di·as came in and danced and pleased Herod and those dining with him. The king said to the girl: “Ask me for whatever you want, and I will give it to you.” 23 Yes, he swore to her: “Whatever you ask me for, I will give it to you, up to half my kingdom.”24 So she went out and said to her mother: “What should I ask for?” She said: “The head of John the Baptizer.” 25 She immediately rushed in to the king and made her request, saying: “I want you to give me right away on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 26 Although this deeply grieved him, the king did not want to disregard her request, because of his oaths and his guests. 27 So the king immediately sent a bodyguard and commanded him to bring John’s head. So he went off and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter.
When a girl turns 18 she is then considered as a woman in society. The most common traditions in most debuts are a dance called a cotillion and the presentations of 18 candles and roses which my friends took part of. I remembered when I first told my friends of my debut and how I would be honored for them to take part of it they were very hesitant. For the most part, my friends were nervous about the numerous tasks they would have to do on top with not being familiar with my culture. After all the practices, explanations, and the final dress rehearsal, my friends were finally able to have a sense of what to do.