LSU Puts On Quinceañera Dress Day

By Kendall Asay

Many modern American teenagers look forward to their sweet sixteen or perhaps their eighteenth birthday, but Latin-born individuals await their Quinceañeras. Meaning the process of turning fifteen years old, Quinceañeras are one of the biggest moments in a young girl’s life. The Quinceanera is a ceremony honoring a girl’s transition from childhood into adulthood. These magnificent festivities originated in Mexico, but are modernly recognized and celebrated all over the world, culminating in the fusion of other cultures. Some common traditions include formal dances like Cumbia, Banda, and waltzing. Receptions can consist of eating traditional foods, desserts, and socializing with friends and family. Quinceañeras can take months or even a year to plan, as there is much to coordinate including decor, themes, and of course, elegant gowns. Student members of LSU like Dulce Palacios and Heidy Mora-Pineda expressed that their Quinceañeras were full of memories that they continue to cherish. They mentioned that the experience they shared with their families was something that they will forever reminisce upon.

On November 4th, Edmonds Woodway High School invited the students of LSU to express their culture and show off the marvelous dresses from their Quinceañeras. Any students who had previously celebrated their Quinceañera were welcome to wear their dress to school. Other students said it was an “exciting way to get an insight into other cultures and traditions that students at EWHS take part in”. Mariah Maeda, a student who composed and assisted in the organization of the event, says she was looking forward to it because it was a way to help other students understand that it isn’t some aimless birthday party. It is an extremely meaningful event for girls and their families intending to celebrate their coming of age. 

Many students said that it was fascinating to withdraw from class each period and see a glimmering dress in the halls. The school-wide event created a sense of what the celebration was really like in the confines of our own institution. This cultural feature was respectful and enjoyable, assisting in the creation of more ethnic awareness among our staff and students.

Credits: Mariah Maeda, Heidy More-Pineda, Dulce Palacios

One comment

  • What an exciting and original way to honor Hispanic Heritage month. As far as I know, this is the first time in our school that students were invited to wear their stunningly beautiful gowns to commemorate this special coming-of-age celebration!


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