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The Quinceañera Mass, aka La Ceremonia Religiosa or La Misa

Posted on November 30th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

The Quinceañera Mass, also referred to as La Ceremonia Religiosa or La Misa, is perhaps the most important element of the traditional Quinceañera. In general, this Misa de accion de gracias, or Thanksgiving Mass, commemorates the transition of the 15-year-old girl’s life from childhood to womanhood. The Quinceañera Mass may include a variety of traditional activities depending on the individual family.

Common Quinceañera Mass Elements

  • The Quinceañera is typically escorted to the altar of the church by her parents, godparents, and her court of honor.
  • Family members and friends may make speeches during the mass itself.
  • Children play a role in many Quinceañera Masses from placing the pillow upon which the Quinceañera will kneel throughout the ceremony to handing out small gifts to guests.
  • At the end of La Misa, the Quinceañera may place her bouquet on the altar of the Virgin Maria.
  • La Ceremonia Religiosa is typically followed by a reception which includes a variety of additional traditions. Read more »

The Quinceañera Court of Honor

Posted on November 16th, 2011 by Mandy Webster

Much like a wedding, the Quinceañera includes a group of very special people whose job it is to support the guest of honor. But instead of a wedding party, the Quinceañera enjoys the attentions of her very own escort and Quinceañera Court of Honor.

Quinceañera Court

The Quinceañera Court

Throughout the typical Quinceañera celebration, the Quinceañera court of honor plays a role similar to that of a royal court. The court commonly consists of 15 couples (one for each year of her life,) including the Quinceañera and her escort. The court may include a variety of friends and family members of the Quinceañera’s choosing. Read more »


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