Quinceaneras Are Not So Bad

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Magaly Zacarias
Ms. Jaranilla
English 10- Per.2
26 September 2014
Quinceañeras Are Not So Bad
Girls always want a big party for that special age, like when you are fifteen, sixteen, eighteen, and twenty-one. If you're Mexican, then you have a quinceanera which is when you are fifteen. My whole family is all about that tradition. They like to throw quinceanera parties to any girl that we have in our family. It has been an ongoing culture for years now but, I almost broke that tradition. I don’t like quinceaneras even if it is all fancy and pretty. I would rather go out for a very nice dinner on my fifteenth birthday.

My mom had big plans for me and, for my quinceanera. Ever since I was thirteen she would plan all these things for the quinceanera; even if it was two years away. She would always ask me what is my favorite color, what kind of design do I want, and what cake flavor do I like. I would always answer questions but, with sadness because, I really didn’t want a quinceanera. I wanted something simple that I really liked instead. I didn’t want to tell my mom that I didn’t want a quinceanera because, I was afraid to hurt her feelings, and the culture she has had went throughout her whole family.

In quinceaneras you have to dance for your guests with your chambelanes, and damas. Chambelanes and damas are partners that dance with you in the surprise dance. Dancing is the one thing I hate the most in quinceaneras. I am very bad at it, and it makes me nervous and shy

to dance in front of a lot of people. I ask my mom if I can skip that at least, but she always tells me that dancing is the most important part of quince, and it keeps the guests motivated and interested in the party. She likes to have her parties big with halls decorated in big decorations, and that’s also something I hate because I like simple things. I never understood why having a quinceanera was so important to my family. I asked my mom why was it so important, and she said, "Everyone...
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